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December Egg Production Down Slightly

by 5m Editor
26 January 2009, at 7:25am

US - US egg production totaled 7.78 billion during December 2008, down slightly from last year, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Production included 6.71 billion table eggs, and 1.07 billion hatching eggs, of which 1.00 billion were broiler-type and 67 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during December 2008 averaged 341 million, down 1 per cent from last year. December egg production per 100 layers was 2,281 eggs, up 1 per cent from December 2007.

All layers in the US on 1 January 2009 totaled 341 million, down 1 per cent from last year. The 341 million layers consisted of 285 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 53.6 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 2.81 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on 1 January 2009, averaged 72.9 eggs per 100 layers, up 1 per cent from 1 January 2008.

Egg-Type Chicks Hatched Up 1 Per Cent

Egg-type chicks hatched during December 2008 totaled 36.4 million, up 1 per cent from December 2007. Eggs in incubators totaled 36.7 million on 1 January, up 2 per cent from a year ago.

Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders totaled 199 thousand during December 2008, down 19 per cent from December 2007.

Broiler-Type Chicks Hatched Down 5 Per Cent

Broiler-type chicks hatched during December 2008 totaled 779 million, down 5 per cent from December 2007. Eggs in incubators totaled 630 million on 1 January 2009, down 7 per cent from a year earlier.

Leading breeders placed 6.58 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during December 2008, down 9 per cent from December 2007.

Average Number of Layers
During the Month



All Egg Production
During the Month

Further Reading

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