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Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report

by 5m Editor
25 March 2010, at 8:22a.m.

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 up four per cent while slightly fewer chicks were placed.

Broiler-type eggs set in 19 selected states up four per cent

Commercial hatcheries in the 19-state weekly programme set 208 million eggs in incubators during the week ending 30 March 2010. This was up four per cent from the eggs set the corresponding week a year earlier.

Average hatchability for chicks hatched during the week was 83 per cent. Average hatchability is calculated by dividing chicks hatched during the week by eggs set three weeks earlier.

Broiler chicks placed down slightly

Broiler growers in the 19-state weekly programme placed 170 million chicks for meat production during the week ending 20 March 2010. Placements were down slightly from the comparable week a year earlier.

Cumulative placements from 3 January 2010 to 20 March 2010 were 1.84 billion, down slightly from the same period a year earlier.

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.