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May Egg Production Down 1 Percent

US - U.S. egg production totaled 7.58 billion during May 2007, down 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 6.45 billion table eggs, and 1.14 billion hatching eggs, of which 1.07 billion were broiler-type and 68 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during May 2007 averaged 341 million, down 1 percent from last year. May egg production per 100 layers was 2,226 eggs, up 1 percent from May 2006.

All layers in the U.S. on June 1, 2007 totaled 339 million, down 1 percent from last year. The 339 million layers consisted of 280 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 56.5 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 2.82 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on June 1, 2007, averaged 72.4 eggs per 100 layers, up 2 percent from June 1, 2006.

Egg-Type Chicks Hatched Down 3 Percent

Egg-type chicks hatched during May 2007 totaled 38.5 million, down 3 percent from May 2006. Eggs in incubators totaled 40.0 million on June 1, 2007, up 10 percent from a year ago.

Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders totaled 192,000 during May 2007, down 20 percent from May 2006.

Broiler-Type Chicks Hatched Up 3 Percent

Broiler-type chicks hatched during May 2007 totaled 837 million, up 3 percent from May 2006. Eggs in incubators totaled 681 million on June 1, 2007, up 3 percent from a year earlier.

Leading breeders placed 7.75 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during May 2007, up 3 percent from May 2006.

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