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Weekly US Broiler Hatchery Report

06 January 2011
National Agricultural Statistics Service

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

Broiler-type eggs set up slightly

Commercial hatcheries in the 19 State weekly programme set 203 million eggs in incubators during the week ending 1 January 2011. This was up slightly from the eggs set the corresponding week a year earlier.

Average hatchability for chicks hatched during the week was 83 per cent. Average hatchability is calculated by dividing chicks hatched during the week by eggs set three weeks earlier.

Broiler-type chicks placed down slightly

Broiler growers in the 19 State weekly programme placed 169 million chicks for meat production during the week ending 1 January 2011. Placements were down slightly from the comparable week a year earlier.

Cumulative placements from 3 January 2010 through 1 January 2011 were 8.80 billion, up 2 per cent from the same period a year earlier.

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.

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