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Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report

by 5m Editor
5 January 2012, at 6:42am

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

Broiler-type eggs set down four per cent

Commercial hatcheries in the 19 State weekly programme set 194 million eggs in incubators during the week ending 31 December 2011. This was down four 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 three per cent

Broiler growers in the 19 State weekly programme placed 163 million chicks for meat production during the week ending 31 December 2011. Placements were down 3 per cent from the comparable week a year earlier.

Cumulative placements from 2 January 2011 through 31 December 2011 were 8.58 billion, down 3 per cent from the same period a year earlier.

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.