The US Department of Agriculture has reported a three
percent decrease in the number of meat-type chicken eggs set in commercial
Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)
reported that 200 million broiler chicken eggs were set
in commercial incubators in the 19 largest broiler-producing states during the
week ending 4 November 2006.
This was a three percent decline from the corresponding week in 2005.
The decline is not unexpected, after news came last month that many top
producers, including Tyson
, intended to reduce broiler production.
The reductions are being made to reduce the amount of surplus chicken meat
and boost chicken meat prices.
NASS added that average hatchability for broiler chicks hatched during the
week was 83 percent.
Broiler growers in the 19 states placed 165 million chicks for meat
production during the week ending 4 November 2006. Chick Placements were up
slightly from the comparable week one year earlier.
Cumulative chick placements from 1 January 2006 to 4 November 2006 were
7.62 billion - down one percent from the same period one year earlier.
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