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Egg Production up One Per Cent in March

by 5m Editor
22 April 2009, at 11:00am

US - US egg production totalled 7.72 billion during March 2009, up one per cent from last year, and six per cent fewer broiler chicks were hatched, according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) in their monthly <em>Chickens and Eggs</em> report for March 2009.

March Egg Production Up One Per Cent

US egg production totaled 7.72 billion during March 2009, up one per cent from last year. Production included 6.63 billion table eggs, and 1.09 billion hatching eggs, of which 1.02 billion were broiler-type and 75 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during March 2009 averaged 340 million, down slightly from last year. March egg production per 100 layers was 2,269 eggs, up one per cent from March 2008.

All layers in the US on 1 April 2009 totaled 341 million, down slightly from last year. The 341 million layers consisted of 283 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 54.3 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 3.07 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on 1 April 2009, averaged 73.9 eggs per 100 layers, up two per cent from 1 April 2008.

Egg-Type Chicks Hatched Up One Per Cent

Egg-type chicks hatched during March 2009 totaled 40.1 million, up one per cent from March 2008. Eggs in incubators totaled 37.6 million on 1 April 2009, up slightly from a year ago.

Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders totaled 277 thousand during March 2009, up 13 per cent from March 2008.

Broiler-Type Chicks Hatched Down Six Per Cent

Broiler-type chicks hatched during March 2009 totaled 783 million, down six per cent from March 2008. Eggs in incubators totaled 625 million on 1 April 2009, down seven per cent from a year earlier.

Leading breeders placed 6.68 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during March 2009, down six per cent from March 2008.

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.