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USDA Chickens and Eggs Report - October 2009

by 5m Editor
24 November 2009, at 9:53am

US - US egg production totalled 7.69 billion during October 2009, up one per cent from last year, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) in their monthly <em>Chickens and Eggs</em> report for October 2009.

October Egg production up one per cent

US egg production totalled 7.69 billion during October 2009, up one per cent from last year. Production included 6.63 billion table eggs, and 1.06 billion hatching eggs, of which 990 million were broiler-type and 70 million were egg-type.

The total number of layers during October 2009 averaged 336 million, up slightly from last year. October egg production per 100 layers was 2,292 eggs, up one per cent from October 2008.

All layers in the US on 1 November 2009 totalled 337 million, up slightly from last year. The 337 million layers consisted of 281 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 52.3 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs and 2.90 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs.

Rate of lay per day on 1 November 2009 averaged 74.3 eggs per 100 layers, up one per cent from 1 November 2008.

Egg-type chicks hatched down seven per cent

Egg-type chicks hatched during October 2009 totalled 37.4 million, down seven per cent from October 2008. Eggs in incubators totalled 34.8 million on 1 November 2009, up three per cent from a year ago.

Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders totaled 241,000 during October 2009, down 12 per cent from October 2008.

Broiler-type chicks hatched down two per cent

Broiler-type chicks hatched during October 2009 totalled 729 million, down two per cent from October 2008. Eggs in incubators totaled 577 million on 1 November 2009, down one per cent from a year earlier.

Leading breeders placed 7.02 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during October 2009, down slightly from October 2008.

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.