WASHINGTON – Egg production in the United States advanced 3 percent to 7.75 billion during June 2013, according to USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Production included 6.68 billion table eggs and 1.07 billion hatching eggs, of which 993 million were broiler-type and 74 million were egg-type, NASS reported.

The total number of layers during June climbed 2 percent to an average of 345 million. June egg production per 100 layers was 2,249 eggs, up 1 percent from June 2012.

All layers on July 1, 2013, totaled 344 million, 2 percent increase compared to a year ago. The 344 million layers consisted of 288 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 52.4 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs and 3.10 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs, according to NASS. Rate of lay per day on July 1 averaged 74.6 eggs per 100 layers, up 1 percent from July 1, 2012.

Egg-type chicks hatched increased 5 percent to 40.9 million. Eggs in incubators also increased 5 percent to 38.3 million on July 1.

Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks totaled 189,000 during June, up 59 percent from June 2012.

Broiler-type chicks hatched were up 1 percent, NASS reported. Broiler-type chicks hatched during June totaled 762 million. Eggs in incubators totaled 629 million on July 1, up 3 percent from a year ago.

Leading breeders placed 7.01 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during June 2013, up 3 percent from a year earlier.