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January Egg Production Up Slightly

by 5m Editor
2 March 2009, at 7:55a.m.

US - US egg production totalled 7.67 billion during January 2009, up slightly from last year, according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) in their monthly Chickens and Eggs report for February.

Production included 6.59 billion table eggs, and 1.08 billion hatching eggs, of which 1.00 billion were broiler-type and 72 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during January 2009 averaged 341 million, down one per cent from last year. January egg production per 100 layers was 2,249 eggs, up one per cent from January 2008.

All layers in the US on 1 February 2009 totaled 341 million, down one per cent from last year. The 341 million layers consisted of 284 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 54.4 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 3.03 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on 1 February 2009, averaged 72.1 eggs per 100 layers, up two per cent from 1 February 2008.

Egg-Type Chicks Hatched Down Five Per Cent

Egg-type chicks hatched during January 2009 totaled 38.1 million, down five per cent from January 2008. Eggs in incubators totaled 35.2 million on 1 February 2009, down one per cent from a year ago.

Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders totaled 240 thousand during January 2009, up 14 per cent from January 2008.

Broiler-Type Chicks Hatched Down Five Per cent

Broiler-type chicks hatched during January 2009 totaled 778 million, down five per cent from January 2008. Eggs in incubators totaled 624 million on 1 February 2009, down eight per cent from a year earlier.

Leading breeders placed 6.73 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during January 2009, down four per cent from January 2008.

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.