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Broiler sets down on week, up on year

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Broiler sets and placements were mixed last week.

The USDA says 242.684 million eggs went into incubation, slightly fewer than the previous week, but 1% above a year ago, with the average hatchability rate of 79.3%. Those birds will head to meat production late this month and early next month.

Placements of 188.161 million chicks into meat production were an increase of more than a million on the week and 1% on the year, heading to market this summer.

Broiler sets down on week, up on year