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Rise continues for broiler sets, placements

Broiler sets and placements continue to climb above year ago levels, implying higher meat production. The USDA says 245.39 million broiler-type eggs were in incubation at the end of last week, slightly lower than the week before, but up 2% from this time last... Read More.

Broiler sets, placements move a little higher

Broiler sets and placements were up on both the week and the year. The USDA says 244.895 million broiler-type eggs were set into incubators, slightly higher than the previous week and 1% above a year ago, with the average hatchability holding around 79%. Once hatched,... Read More.

Cattle placements up sharply in February

Placements of cattle into U.S. feedlots surged in February. The USDA says February placements were larger than expected, up 10% on the year at 1.793 million head, due to generally better weather in the major U.S. feeding areas than in January and the extra... Read More.

Broiler sets, placements above a year ago

Broiler sets and placements were up on the year. The USDA says 243.791 million eggs entered incubation, slightly more than the week before that and 2% above a year ago, with average hatchability holding at 79%, heading for meat production in April. 187.749 million chicks... Read More.

Broiler sets, placements climb higher

Broilers sets and placements both rose last week. The USDA says 244.604 million eggs entered incubators, up nearly a million on the week and 2% on the year, with most of those bound for meat production in early spring. The average hatchability held steady... Read More.

Cattle placements down, but near top end of estimates

Placements of U.S. cattle into feedlots declined in January, just not quite as much as what some analysts were expecting. The USDA says placements to start 2024 were 1.792 million head, a decrease of 7% on the year, leading to tighter ready numbers this... Read More.

Broiler sets, placements under week, year ago

Broiler sets and placements were lower last week, implying a tighter supply of chicken this spring. The USDA says 241.541 million broiler type eggs were placed into incubators, slightly less than both the previous week and last year, with average hatchability declining to 79.3%. 185.477... Read More.

Broiler sets up, placements down

Broiler hatchery numbers were narrowly mixed last week. The USDA says sets of 240.59 million broiler type eggs into incubators were up slightly on both the week and the year, implying a slight increase in broiler supplies in late February. The average hatchability declined... Read More.

Broiler sets, placements up on year

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... Read More.

Cattle placements 4% below last year

Placements of cattle into U.S. feedlots have declined for a second consecutive month. The USDA says 1.704 million head of cattle entered feedlots in December 2023, down 4% from December 2022, implying tighter market ready supplies later this year. Most of those placements were... Read More.