December Egg Production Down Slightly

US - US egg production totaled 7.78 billion during December 2008, down slightly from last year, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
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Production included 6.71 billion table eggs, and 1.07 billion hatching eggs, of which 1.00 billion were broiler-type and 67 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during December 2008 averaged 341 million, down 1 per cent from last year. December egg production per 100 layers was 2,281 eggs, up 1 per cent from December 2007.

All layers in the US on 1 January 2009 totaled 341 million, down 1 per cent from last year. The 341 million layers consisted of 285 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 53.6 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 2.81 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on 1 January 2009, averaged 72.9 eggs per 100 layers, up 1 per cent from 1 January 2008.

Egg-Type Chicks Hatched Up 1 Per Cent

Egg-type chicks hatched during December 2008 totaled 36.4 million, up 1 per cent from December 2007. Eggs in incubators totaled 36.7 million on 1 January, up 2 per cent from a year ago.

Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders totaled 199 thousand during December 2008, down 19 per cent from December 2007.

Broiler-Type Chicks Hatched Down 5 Per Cent

Broiler-type chicks hatched during December 2008 totaled 779 million, down 5 per cent from December 2007. Eggs in incubators totaled 630 million on 1 January 2009, down 7 per cent from a year earlier.

Leading breeders placed 6.58 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during December 2008, down 9 per cent from December 2007.

Average Number of Layers
During the Month



All Egg Production
During the Month

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