Broilers

Chicken broiler placements are down from last week and from a year ago.

Broiler-type chicks placed for meat production in Arkansas were 20.1 million during the week ending July 6.

Placements were down 15 percent from the comparable week in 2018 and down 12 percent from the previous week. Arkansas hatcheries set 25.0 million broiler-type eggs during the week ending July 6, up 2 percent from the same period last year and up 2 percent from the previous week.

Hatcheries in the United States weekly program set 233 million eggs in incubators during the week ending July 6, up 1 percent from a year ago. Average hatchability for chicks hatched during the week in the United States was 82.9 percent. Average hatchability is calculated by dividing chicks hatched during the week by eggs set three weeks earlier.

Broiler growers in the United States weekly program placed 187 million chicks for meat production during the week ending July 6, up slightly from a year ago. Cumulative placements from the week ending January 5 through July 6 for the United States were 5.03 billion. Cumulative placements were up 1 percent from the same period a year earlier.

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