Broiler sets, placements move a little higher

Broiler sets and placements were up on both the week and the year.

The USDA says 244.895 million broiler-type eggs were set into incubators, slightly higher than the previous week and 1% above a year ago, with the average hatchability holding around 79%.

Once hatched, those chickens will head to meat production in April.

There were 187.998 million chicks placed into the meat production system, a modest increase from the week before and last year, with those birds moving to market late this spring.

The USDA’s updated annual broiler production numbers are out April 11th.

Comparisons for Brownfield states:

Arkansas: Sets: 25.418 million eggs, compared to 24.774 million a week ago; Placements: 21.957 million head, compared to 21.267 million last week

Kentucky: Sets: 7.783 million eggs, compared to 8.084 million a week ago; Placements: 5.816 million eggs, compared to 6.006 million last week

Missouri: Sets: 8.834 million eggs, compared to 8.798 million a week ago; Placements: 5.806 million head, compared to 5.522 million last week

California/Tennessee/West Virginia: Sets: 13.894 million eggs, compared to 13.938 million a week ago; Placements: 12.689 million head, compared to 12.634 million last week

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