Broiler sets, placements under week, year ago

Broiler sets and placements were lower last week, implying a tighter supply of chicken this spring.

The USDA says 241.541 million broiler type eggs were placed into incubators, slightly less than both the previous week and last year, with average hatchability declining to 79.3%.

185.477 million chicks were moved into meat production, also down modestly on both the week and the year.

The USDA projects 2024 broiler production at 46.775 billion pounds with the updated estimate out March 8th.

Comparisons for Brownfield states:

Arkansas: Sets: 24.606 million eggs, compared to 24.449 million a week ago; Placements: 20.989 million head, compared to 20.162 million last week

Kentucky: Sets: 6.791 million eggs, compared to 6.853 million a week ago; Placements: 5.405 million head, compared to 5.4 million last week

Missouri: Sets: 8.586 million eggs, compared to 8.574 million a week ago; Placements: 4.928 million head, compared to 5.202 million last week

California/Tennessee/West Virginia: Sets: 13.896 million eggs, compared to 13.781 million a week ago; Placements: 11.53 million head, compared to 11.937 million last week

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