Broiler sets up, placements down

Broiler hatchery numbers were mixed last week.

The USDA says 243.609 million eggs entered incubators, up on the week and the year, implying a larger supply of broiler chicks in early March. Average hatchability declined fractionally, now at 79.0%.

185.074 million chicks were placed into meat production, down from both the previous week and a year ago, which means a tighter supply of ready chickens moving to market in early spring.

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

Comparisons for Brownfield states:

Arkansas: Sets: 24.969 million eggs, compared to 24.606 million a week ago; Placements: 20.455 million head, compared to 20.989 million last week

Kentucky: Sets: 7.153 million eggs, compared to 6.788 million a week ago; Placements: 5.342 million head, compared to 5.347 million last week

Missouri: Sets: 8.607 million eggs, compared to 8.586 million a week ago; Placements: 5.236 million head, compared to 4.928 million last week

California/Tennessee/West Virginia: Sets: 13.708 million eggs, compared to 14.103 million a week ago; Placements: 11.497 million head, compared to 11.425 million last week

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