Egg production in November up 1%

by Bryan Salvage
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WASHINGTON — For the month of November, U.S. egg production totaled 7.55 billion, up 1% from last year, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Agricultural Statistics Board, U.S. Department of Agriculture. Production included 6.52 billion table eggs, and 1.03 billion hatching eggs, of which 960 million were broiler-type and 67 million were egg-type.

The total number of layers during November 2009 averaged 337 million, down slightly from last year. November egg production per 100 layers was 2,238 eggs, up 1% from November 2008.

On Dec. 1, all layers in the U.S. totaled 339 million, down slightly from last year. The 339 million layers consisted of 282 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 53.2 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 2.90 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs.

Rate of lay per day on Dec. 1averaged 74.8 eggs per 100 layers, up 1% from Dec. 1, 2008.

Egg-type chicks hatched during November 2009 totaled 34.9 million, up 2% from November 2008. Eggs in incubators totaled 39 million on Dec. 1, up 12% from a year ago.

Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders totaled 290 thousand during November 2009, down 9% from November 2008.

During November, broiler-type chicks hatched totaled 704 million, down slightly from November 2008. Eggs in incubators totaled 625 million on Dec. 1, down 1% from one year earlier.

Leading breeders placed 7.26 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during November 2009, up 3% from November 2008.

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