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Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report

by 5m Editor
22 April 2010, at 9:08am

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 one per cent, while two per cent more chicks were placed.

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

Commercial hatcheries in the 19-state weekly programme set 207 million eggs in incubators during the week ending 17 April 2010. This was up one 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 two per cent

Broiler growers in the 19-state weekly programme placed 169 million chicks for meat production during the week ending 17 April 2010. Placements were up two per cent from the comparable week a year earlier.

Cumulative placements from 3 January 2010 to 17 April 2010 were 2.52 billion, down slightly from the same period a year earlier.

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.