August Egg Production Up 1 Percent

U.S. egg production totaled 7.64 billion during August 2006, up 1 percent from last year, report the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) in their monthly Chickens and Eggs report.
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Production included 6.56 billion table eggs, and 1.08 billion hatching eggs, of which 1.01 billion were broiler-type and 65 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during August 2006 averaged 341 million, up slightly from last year. August egg production per 100 layers was 2,239 eggs, up 1 percent from August 2005.

All layers in the U.S. on September 1, 2006, totaled 342 million, up 1 percent from last year. The 342 million layers consisted of 285 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 53.9 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 2.73 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on September 1, 2006, averaged 72.6 eggs per 100 layers, up 1 percent from September 1, 2005.

Egg-Type Chicks Hatched Down 10 Percent

Egg-type chicks hatched during August 2006 totaled 34.9 million, down 10 percent from August 2005. Eggs in incubators totaled 35.8 million on September 1, 2006, up 4 percent from a year ago.

Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders totaled 253,000 during August 2006, down 3 percent from August 2005.

Broiler-Type Chicks Hatched Down Slightly

Broiler-type chicks hatched during August 2006 totaled 809 million, down slightly from August 2005. Eggs in incubators totaled 656 million on September 1, 2006, up slightly from a year earlier.

Leading breeders placed 7.63 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during August 2006, up 2 percent from August 2005.

To view the full report, including tables, please click here (PDF)

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