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February Egg Production Down 1 Percent

by 5m Editor
26 March 2007, at 10:24am

U.S. egg production totaled 6.91 billion during February 2007, down 1 percent from last year, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Production included 5.92 billion table eggs, and 998 million hatching eggs, of which 937 million were broiler-type and 61 million were egg-type.

The total number of layers during February 2007 averaged 347 million, down 1 percent from last year.

February egg production per 100 layers was 1,992 eggs, down slightly from February 2006.

All layers in the U.S. on March 1, 2007 totaled 347 million, down 1 percent from last year. The 347 million layers consisted of 288 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 56.5 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 2.82 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on March 1, 2007, averaged 71.6 eggs per 100 layers, unchanged from March 1, 2006.

Egg-Type Chicks Hatched Up 9 Percent

Egg-type chicks hatched during February 2007 totaled 36.8 million, up 9 percent from February 2006. Eggs in incubators totaled 38.5 million on March 1, 2007, up 5 percent from a year ago.

Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders totaled 166,000 during February 2007, down 15 percent from February 2006.

Broiler-Type Chicks Hatched Down 1 Percent

Broiler-type chicks hatched during February 2007 totaled 724 million, down 1 percent from February 2006. Eggs in incubators totaled 664 million on March 1, 2007, down slightly from a year earlier.

Leading breeders placed 7.07 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during February 2007, down 7 percent from February 2006.

To view the full report, including tables, please click here (PDF Format)

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