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Five Per Cent Fewer Broilers, Marginally More Eggs

by 5m Editor
24 June 2009, at 8:01am

US - US egg production totalled 7.60 billion during May 2009, up slightly from last year. Five per cent fewer broiler chicks and 10 per cent fewer egg-type chicks were hatched, according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) in their monthly <em>Chickens and Eggs</em> report for May 2009.

May egg production up slightly

US egg production totaled 7.60 billion during May 2009, up slightly from last year. Production included 6.51 billion table eggs, and 1.09 billion hatching eggs, of which 1.02 billion were broiler-type and 73 million were egg-type.

The total number of layers during May 2009 averaged 337 million, down one per cent from last year. May egg production per 100 layers was 2,256 eggs, up one per cent from May 2008.

All layers in the US on 1 June 2009 totaled 335 million, down two per cent from last year. The 335 million layers consisted of 277 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 54.2 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 2.91 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on 1 June 2009, averaged 73.1 eggs per 100 layers, up two per cent from 1 June 2008.

Egg-type chicks hatched down 10 per cent

Egg-type chicks hatched during May 2009 totaled 37.8 million, down 10 per cent from May 2008. Eggs in incubators totaled 36.4 million on 1 June 2009, down three per cent from a year ago.

Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders totaled 275,000 during May 2009, up 21 per cent from May 2008.

Broiler-type chicks hatched down five per cent

Broiler-type chicks hatched during May 2009 totaled 786 million, down five per cent from May 2008. Eggs in incubators totaled 634 million on 1 June 2009, down six per cent from a year earlier.

Leading breeders placed 7.40 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during May 2009, down 10 per cent from May 2008.

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.