US egg production in May up 1%

by Meat&Poultry Staff
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WASHINGTON – Egg production in the United States totaled 7.78 billion during May, up 1 percent from May 2010, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Agricultural Statistics Board, US Department of Agriculture. Production included 6.67 billion table eggs and 1.11 billion hatching eggs, 1.04 billion of which were broiler-type and 72 million were egg-type.

During May, the total number of layers averaged 338 million, down slightly from May last year. May egg production per 100 layers was 2,302 eggs, up 1 percent from May 2010.

On June 1, all layers in the US totaled 336 million, down 1 percent from last year. The 336 million layers consisted of 279 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 54.8 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 3.01 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on June 1 averaged 74.1 eggs per 100 layers, up 1 percent from June 1, 2010.

During May, egg-type chicks hatched totaled 43.3 million, up slightly from May 2010. Eggs in incubators totaled 37.6 million on June 1, down 2 percent from a year ago. Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders totaled 211 thousand during May, down 8 percent from May 2010.

Broiler-type chicks hatched during May totaled 807 million, up 1 percent from May 2010. Eggs in incubators totaled 642 million on June 1, down 2 percent from a year earlier. Leading breeders placed 7.72 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during May, down 8 percent from May 2010.
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