Drop in eggs set and chicks placed
The US Department of Agriculture has recorded
decreases of 1-2 percentage points in the number of broiler eggs set in
hatcheries and in the number of chicks placed on farms.
Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)
reported that commercial hatcheries in the 19 largest
broiler-producing states set 204 million broiler eggs in incubators during the
week ending 30 September 2006. This figure was down slightly from the number of
eggs set during the corresponding week last year.
NASS also reported that broiler growers in the 19-state broiler reporting
programme placed 167 million chicks for meat production during the week ending
30 September 2006. Chick placements were down two percent from the comparable
week one year earlier.
Cumulative broiler chick placements from 1 January 2006 through to 30
September 2006 were 6.79 billion, also down one percent from the same period in
Average broiler egg hatchability during the week ending 29 September 2006
was 83 percent (calculated by dividing the number of chicks hatched during the
week by the number of eggs set three weeks earlier).
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