CHICKEN TRENDS

Farmer's Report

Chicken Trends - April 19, 2024

Poultry market information is from the week of April 14, 2024.

This week, analysts reported that the markets for all sizes of boneless breast meat were stable. Analysts also expect pricing to be higher for jumbo boneless breast meat through May. They also report that egg sets and placements were up compared to last year, with hatchability and bird health slightly improving.

Broiler-Type Eggs Set in the United States up 2%

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, hatcheries in the United States weekly program set 247 million eggs in incubators during the week ending April 13, 2024, up 2% from a year ago. Average hatchability for chicks hatched during the week in the United States was 78.9%. Average hatchability is calculated by dividing chicks hatched during the week by eggs set three weeks earlier.

Broiler-Type Chicks Placed in the United States Up 2%

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, broiler growers in the United States weekly program placed 190 million chicks for meat production during the week ending April 13, 2024, up 2% from a year ago. Cumulative placements for the weeks ending January 6 through April 13, 2024, for the United States were 2.80 billion. Cumulative placements were up slightly from the same period a year earlier.

Whole Chicken & Cut-Up Parts

Analysts report that small bird and larger whole bird overall demand decreased this week, and that pricing has also decreased slightly.

BONELESS, SKINLESS BREASTS & CHICKEN TENDERLOINS

Jumbo, medium and small boneless breast meat pricing was unchanged this week, according to analysts. Spot loads of jumbo breast meat have been uncovered, but not heavily discounted, they reported. Demand by Further Processors for all sizes of breast meat appears to be softening, they said. Analysts expect the jumbo boneless breast market to be flat to slightly higher through April, due to Further Processor demand and higher retail activity. According to industry analysts, some processors are being challenged with bird health issues, labor shortages, high fuel costs and transportation issues.

According to analysts, small and jumbo tender pricing remained unchanged this week. They expect these markets to be higher through July. Spot load offerings of jumbo and small fresh tenders have not been uncovered this week, analysts said.

WINGS

Pricing for small, medium and jumbo wings remained unchanged this week, according to analysts. Spot loads of jumbo fresh wings can be uncovered, although pricing is still strong, they reported. Analysts predict that due to medium bird processors taking their bird weights up to a jumbo size, the market will continue to see pressure in terms of consistent fresh medium wing availability. Demand from Further Processors for combo-packed fresh jumbo, medium and small wings has started to ease, according to analysts. Spot load offerings of jumbo-sized fresh wings have started to surface, although they are not discounted, they said.

BONELESS, SKINLESS THIGHS

Analysts report that the boneless, skinless thigh meat market remained unchanged this week. Spot load offerings of boneless thigh meat are minimal, according to analysts. They have forecasted the market to trend flat to upward through June.

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