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Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report

by 5m Editor
3 September 2009, at 6:23am

US - This week, the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) reports that the numbers of broiler-type eggs set and chicks placed were down three per cent compared to the same week last year.

Broiler-Type Eggs Set In 19 Selected States Down Three Per Cent

Commercial hatcheries in the 19-state weekly programme set 200 million eggs in incubators during the week ending 29 August 2009. This was down three per cent from the eggs set the corresponding week a year earlier.

Average hatchability for chicks hatched during the week was 84 per cent.

Average hatchability is calculated by dividing chicks hatched during the week by eggs set three weeks earlier.

Broiler Chicks Placed Down Three Per Cent

Broiler growers in the 19-state weekly programme placed 166 million chicks for meat production during the week ending 29 August 2009. Placements were down three per cent from the comparable week a year earlier.

Cumulative placements from 28 December 2008 to 29 August 2009 were 5.89 billion, down five per cent from the same period a year earlier.

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.