This trend of less egg sets means fewer places to sell grains due to higher prices..
By Rita Jane Gabbett on 5/10/2012
Commercial hatcheries in the 19 state weekly program set 199 million eggs in incubators during the week ending May 5, down 4 percent from the eggs set the corresponding week a year earlier.
Average hatchability for chicks hatched during the week was 84 percent. Average hatchability is calculated by dividing chicks hatched during the week by eggs set three weeks earlier.
Broiler growers in the program placed 166 million chicks for meat production during the week ending May 5. Placements were down 4 percent from the comparable week a year earlier.
Cumulative placements from Jan. 1 through May 5 were 2.94 billion, down 4 percent from the same period a year earlier.