Broiler sets, placements remain below a year ago

Broiler egg sets continued their lower than a year ago trend last week.

The USDA says 238.801 million broiler type eggs were placed into incubation last week, up on the week, but down 1% on the year as the industry attempts to improve margins while still meeting demand expectations.

Hatchability of those eggs declined a little to 79.9%.

Placements of broiler type chicks into meat production fell 2% to 183.896 million chicks, implying tighter chicken supplies for consumers later this year and early next year.

The USDA’s updated annual poultry production projection is out Friday.

Breakdown for Brownfield states:

Arkansas: Sets: 24.363 million eggs, compared to 23.912 million a week ago; Placements: 21.18 million head, compared to 21.21 million last week

Kentucky: Sets: 6.781 million eggs, compared to 6.979 million a week ago; Placements: 5.076 million head, compared to 5.468 million last week

Missouri: Sets: 8.844 million eggs, compared to 8.448 million a week ago; Placements: 5.403 million head, compared to 5.059 million last week

California/Tennessee/West Virginia: Sets: 14.499 million eggs, compared to 13.968 million a week ago; Placements:11.185 million head, compared to 11.302 million last week

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