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Broiler sets, placements up on year

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The USDA’s weekly broiler hatchery numbers are pointing to slightly higher supplies in the coming weeks.

Sets of broiler type eggs into incubators were 240.437 million eggs, a little bit above last week and up 1% from last year, with the average hatchability rate holding just below 80%.

Placements of broiler type chicks into meat production were 185.992 million head, less than a million under the previous week, but 1% above a year ago.

Broiler sets, placements up on year