Weekly broiler numbers mixed

The USDA says there were minor changes for broiler chicken egg sets and placements last week.

Sets of broiler type eggs into incubators were down slightly on the week at 238.922 million, but up modestly on the year, pointing towards a near steady short-term supply of chicks. Average hatchability improved, while remaining just below 80%.

Placements of broiler type chicks into meat production were a little bit above the week before at 187.523 million head, but a bit below a year ago, leaving the consumer supply of broiler chickens starting in mid-February almost unchanged from the prior week.

The USDA projects 2024 broiler chicken production at 46.675 billion pounds with the next estimate out February 8th.

Comparisons for Brownfield states:

Arkansas: Sets: 23.886 million eggs, compared to 23.911 million a week ago; Placements: 21.884 million head, compared to 21.321 million last week

Kentucky: Sets: 6.894 million eggs, compared to 6.942 million a week ago; Placements: 5.116 million head, compared to 5.659 million last week

Missouri: Sets: 8.69 million eggs, compared to 8.58 million a week ago; Placements: 5.286 million head, compared to 5.269 million last week

California/Tennessee/West Virginia: Sets: 13.211 million eggs, compared to 13.048 million a week ago; Placements: 12.048 million head, compared to 12.029 million last week

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