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October Egg Production Up Slightly

by 5m Editor
22 November 2007, at 9:05am

U.S. egg production totaled 7.70 billion during October 2007, up slightly from last year, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Production included 6.57 billion table eggs, and 1.13 billion hatching eggs, of which 1.06 billion were broiler-type and 67 million were eggtype. The total number of layers during October 2007 averaged 341 million, down 1 percent from last year. October egg production per 100 layers was 2,253 eggs, up 1 percent from October 2006.

All layers in the U.S. on November 1, 2007 totaled 343 million, down 1 percent from last year. The 343 million layers consisted of 284 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 56.2 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 2.87 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on November 1, 2007, averaged 72.6 eggs per 100 layers, up 1 percent from November 1, 2006.

Egg-Type Chicks Hatched Down 1 Percent

Egg-type chicks hatched during October 2007 totaled 35.8 million, down 1 percent from October 2006. Eggs in incubators totaled 34.5 million on November 1, 2007, up 9 percent from a year ago.

Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders totaled 184 thousand during October 2007, down 17 percent from October 2006.

Broiler-Type Chicks Hatched Up 3 Percent

Broiler-type chicks hatched during October 2007 totaled 795 million, up 3 percent from October 2006. Eggs in incubators totaled 634 million on November 1, 2007, up 4 percent from a year earlier.

Leading breeders placed 6.97 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during October 2007, up 3 percent from October 2006.

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