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Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report

21 November 2008
National Agricultural Statistics Service

US - The number of eggs placed was down 7 per cent while the broiler chicks placed were down 4 per cent, reports the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Broiler-Type Eggs Set In 19 Selected States Down 7 Percent

Commercial hatcheries in the 19-State weekly program set 201 million eggs in incubators during the week ending November 15, 2008. This was down 7 percent from the eggs set the corresponding week a year earlier. Average hatchability for chicks hatched during the week was 83 percent. Average hatchability is calculated by dividing chicks hatched during the week by eggs set three weeks earlier.

Broiler Chicks Placed Down 4 Percent

Broiler growers in the 19-State weekly program placed 156 million chicks for meat production during the week ending November 15, 2008. Placements were down 4 percent from the comparable week a year earlier. Cumulative placements from December 30, 2007 through November 15, 2008 were 7.98 billion, down 1 percent from the same period a year earlier.

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