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Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report

by 5m Editor
15 October 2009, at 9:47am

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

Broiler-type eggs set in 19 selected states down three per cent

Commercial hatcheries in the 19-state weekly programme set 190 million eggs in incubators during the week ending 10 October 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 two per cent

Broiler growers in the 19-state weekly programme placed 156 million chicks for meat production during the week ending 10 October 2009. Placements were down two per cent from the comparable week a year earlier.

Cumulative placements from 28 December 2008 to 10 October 2009 were 6.86 billion, down five per cent from the same period a year earlier.

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.