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October Egg Production Down 1 Percent

by 5m Editor
24 November 2008, at 7:01a.m.

US - US egg production totaled 7.61 billion during October 2008, down one per cent from last year, reports the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Production included 6.54 billion table eggs, and 1.08 billion hatching eggs, of which 1.01 billion were broiler-type and 69 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during October 2008 averaged 335 million, down 2 percent from last year. October egg production per 100 layers was 2,276 eggs, up 1 percent from October 2007.

All layers in the U.S. on November 1, 2008 totaled 336 million, down 2 percent from last year. The 336 million layers consisted of 280 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 53.3 million layers producing broilertype hatching eggs, and 2.84 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on November 1, 2008, averaged 73.4 eggs per 100 layers, up 1 percent from November 1, 2007.

Egg-Type Chicks Hatched Up 10 Percent

Egg-type chicks hatched during October 2008 totaled 40.0 million, up 10 percent from October 2007. Eggs in incubators totaled 34.4 million on November 1, 2008, down slightly from a year ago.

Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders totaled 273 thousand during October 2008, up 48 percent from October 2007.

Broiler-Type Chicks Hatched Down 7 Percent

Broiler-type chicks hatched during October 2008 totaled 742 million, down 7 percent from October 2007. Eggs in incubators totaled 585 million on November 1, 2008, down 7 percent from a year earlier.

Leading breeders placed 6.84 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during October 2008, down 2 percent from October 2007.

U.S. Average Number of Layers
During the Month

U.S. All Egg Production
During the Month

Further Reading

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