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Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report

by 5m Editor
22 December 2011, at 8:02am

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

Broiler-type eggs set down five per cent

Commercial hatcheries in the 19 State weekly programme set 195 million eggs in incubators during the week ending 17 December 2011. This was down five per cent from the eggs set the corresponding week a year earlier.

Average hatchability for chicks hatched during the week was 85 per cent. Average hatchability is calculated by dividing chicks hatched during the week by eggs set three weeks earlier.

Broiler-type chicks placed down four per cent

Broiler growers in the 19 State weekly programme placed 163 million chicks for meat production during the week ending 17 December 2011. Placements were down four per cent from the comparable week a year earlier.

Cumulative placements from 2 January 2011 through 17 December 2011 were 8.26 billion, down three per cent from the same period a year earlier.

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.