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Broiler sets, placements up on week, down on year

U.S. broiler-type egg sets and chick placements were up for the third week in a row but continue to trend below a year ago.

Those year-to-year declines are due to slower demand, with the industry also monitoring the spread of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza caused by migratory birds.

The USDA says broiler-type egg sets last week were 236.991 million, 2% less than last year, with the average hatchability up fractionally, holding above 80%.

Placements of broiler-type chicks into meat production totaled182.315 million head, 1% under last year.

The USDA’s next set of annual broiler production projections is out December 8th.

Comparisons for Brownfield states:

Arkansas: Sets: 23.645 million eggs, compared to 22.326 million a week ago; Placements: 20.87 million head, compared to 18.483 million last week

Kentucky: Sets: 6.504 million eggs, compared to 6.059 million a week ago; Placements: 5.679 million head, compared to 5.001 million last week

Missouri: Sets: 8.812 million eggs, compared to 8.74 million a week ago; Placements: 5.978 million head, compared to 4.847 million last week

California/Tennessee/West Virginia: Sets: 13.356 million eggs, compared to 12.933 million a week ago; Placements: 11.13 million head, compared to 11.253 million last week

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