Arkansas' broiler chick placements down 9% year-over-year to 19 million for the week ending Oct. 15, USDA says; hatcheries set 17.7 million broiler-type eggs, down 24%

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas , October 19, 2011 (press release) – Broiler-type chicks placed for meat production in Arkansas were 19 million during the week ending October 15, 2011. Placements were down 9 percent from the comparable week in 2010 and up 2 percent from the previous week.

Arkansas hatcheries set 17.7 million broiler-type eggs during the week ending October 15, 2011, down 24 percent from the same period last year and down 9 percent from the previous week.

Broiler-Type Eggs Set Down 7 Percent

Commercial hatcheries in the 19 State weekly program set 183 million eggs in incubators during the week ending October 15, 2011. This was down 7 percent from the eggs set the corresponding week a year earlier. Average hatchability for chicks hatched during the week was 85 percent. Average hatchability is calculated by dividing chicks hatched during the week by eggs set three weeks earlier.

Broiler-Type Chicks Placed Down 8 Percent

Broiler growers in the 19 State weekly program placed 156 million chicks for meat production during the week ending October 15, 2011. Placements were down 8 percent from the comparable week a year earlier. Cumulative placements from January 2, 2011 through October 15, 2011 were 6.86 billion, down 2 percent from the same period a year earlier.

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