29 February 2012
United States Average Number of Layers Down 1 Percent: Layer numbers during 2011 averaged 338 million, down 1 percent from the year earlier. The annual average production per layer on hand in 2011 was 271 eggs, up 1 percent from 2010.
United States Egg Production Up Slightly: Egg production during the year ending November 30, 2011 totaled 91.9 billion eggs, up slightly from 2010. Table egg production, at 79.0 billion eggs, was up 1 percent from the previous year. Hatching egg production, at 12.8 billion eggs, was down 1 percent from 2010.
United States December 1 Inventory Numbers: The total number of chickens on hand on December 1, 2011 (excluding commercial broilers) was 447 million birds, down 2 percent from last year.
United States Total Value: The total value of all chickens on December 1, 2011 was $1.70 billion, up 4 percent from December 1, 2010. The average value increased from $3.59 per bird on December 1, 2010, to $3.80 per bird on December 1, 2011.
Published by USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)
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