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USDA Chicken and Eggs Report - May 2011

by 5m Editor
24 May 2011, at 8:19am

US - United States egg production totalled 7.61 billion during April 2011, up slightly from last year, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) in their monthly Chickens and Eggs report.

April egg production up slightly

United States egg production totalled 7.61 billion during April 2011, up slightly from last year. Production included 6.56 billion table eggs and 1.06 billion hatching eggs, of which 987 million were broiler-type and 70 million were egg-type.

The total number of layers during April 2011 averaged 340 million, down slightly from last year. April egg production per 100 layers was 2,236 eggs, up one per cent from April 2010.

All layers in the United States on 1 May 2011 totalled 339 million, down slightly from last year. The 339 million layers consisted of 281 million layers producing table or market-type eggs, 54.7 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs and 2.93 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs.

Rate of lay per day on 1 May 2011, averaged 74.3 eggs per 100 layers, up two per cent from 1 May 2010.

Egg-type chicks hatched down nine per cent

Egg-type chicks hatched during April 2011 totalled 43.4 million, down nine per cent from April 2010. Eggs in incubators totalled 40.8 million on May 1, 2011, down two per cent from a year ago.

Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders totalled 287,000 during April 2011, up 24 per cent from April 2010.

Broiler-type chicks hatched up two per cent

Broiler-type chicks hatched during April 2011 totalled 780 million, up two per cent from April 2010. Eggs in incubators totalled 649 million on May 1, 2011, up one per cent from a year earlier.

Leading breeders placed 6.90 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during April 2011, up one per cent from April 2010.

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.