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Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report

by 5m Editor
23 December 2010, at 8:18am

US - According to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), compared to the same week last year, slightly fewer eggs were set and one per cent more chicks were placed.

Broiler-type eggs set down slightly

Commercial hatcheries in the 19-state weekly programme set 204 million eggs in incubators during the week ending 18 December 2010. This was down slightly 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-type chicks placed up one per cent

Broiler growers in the 19-state weekly programme placed 170 million chicks for meat production during the week ending 18 December 2010. Placements were up one per cent from the comparable week a year earlier.

Cumulative placements from 3 January 2010 to 18 December 2010 were 8.46 billion, up two per cent from the same period a year earlier.

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.