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USDA Chickens and Eggs Report - April 2010

by 5m Editor
24 May 2010, at 7:35am

US - US egg production totalled 7.55 billion during April, one per cent more than the same month last year, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) in their monthly <em>Chickens and Eggs</em> report for April 2010.

April egg production up one per cent

US egg production totalled 7.55 billion during April 2010, up one per cent from last year. Production included 6.47 billion table eggs, and 1.08 billion hatching eggs, of which 1.00 billion were broiler-type and 74 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during April 2010 averaged 340 million, down slightly from last year. April egg production per 100 layers was 2,220 eggs, up one per cent from April 2009.

All layers in the US on 1 May 2010 totalled 338 million, down slightly from last year. The 338 million layers consisted of 279 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 56.2 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 2.99 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs.

Rate of lay per day on 1 May 2010, averaged 73.1 eggs per 100 layers, up one per cent from 1 May 2009.

Egg-type chicks hatched up 11 per cent

Egg-type chicks hatched during April 2010 totalled 47.5 million, up 11 per cent from April 2009. Eggs in incubators totalled 41.6 million on 1 May 2010, also up one per cent from a year ago.

Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders totalled 232,000 during April 2010, down 24 per cent from April 2009.

Broiler-type chicks hatched up one per cent

Broiler-type chicks hatched during April 2010 totalled 767 million, up one per cent from April 2009. Eggs in incubators totalled 643 million on 1 May 2010, up two per cent from a year earlier.

Leading breeders placed 6.54 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during April 2010, up five per cent from April 2009.

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.