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Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report

by 5m Editor
15 April 2010, at 10:43am

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 by two per cent, while four per cent more chicks were placed.

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

Commercial hatcheries in the 19-state weekly programme set 208 million eggs in incubators during the week ending 10 April 2010. This was up two 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 up four per cent

Broiler growers in the 19-state weekly programme placed 173 million chicks for meat production during the week ending 10 April 2010. Placements were up four per cent from the comparable week a year earlier.

Cumulative placements from 3 January 2010 through 10 April 2010 were 2.35 billion, up slightly from the same period a year earlier.

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.