Virginia broiler chick placements for the week ending April 7 were down 14% from the comparable week one year earlier. The April 7 total was also down 3% from the previous week, ending March 31. On the other hand, there were 6,415,000 eggs set in Virginia hatcheries for the week according to the most recent "Virginia Broilers" report. This is up 2% from the previous week and up 2% from the comparable week one year earlier.
The statistics report, released April 11 from VDACS, come from numbers generated by the National Agricultural Statistics Service.
Broiler statistics are compiled in the report from in the 19 states that produce the lion's share of this poultry in the U.S. In the 19 selected states, 165.3 million chicks were placed during the week. Placements were up slightly from the previous week but down 4% from last year. Eggs set during the week totaled 199.18 million. This was up 1% from the previous week. The number was down 4% compared to the same week of the year in 2011.
In North Carolina were 20.38 million broiler type eggs set during the week ending April 7. That was up from 20.07 million eggs set in the Tarheel State during the previous week. There were 16.1million broiler-type chicks placed for the week. That was up from 16.08 million broiler-type chicks placed in North Carolina during the previous week (ending March 31).
In South Carolina, 5.48 million broiler eggs were set during the week, up from 5.38 million eggs set for the week before. The 4.09 million broiler-type chicks placed were down, compared to 4.2 million chicks placed the previous week.
In all the 19-selected states there were 199 million broiler-type eggs set for the week, up from 197.7 million eggs set the previous week. However, there were 208.5 million broiler–type eggs set in the 19-selected states a year earlier, that is, for the week ending April 7, 2011.
In the 19-selected states 165.3 million broiler-type chicks were placed, compared to 164.9 million chicks placed the previous week. The total for the week ending April 7 was down from 172.8 million when put up against the number placed during the comparable week, one year earlier.