Production included 6.88 billion table eggs, and 1.09 billion hatching eggs, of which 1.01 billion were broiler-type and 77 million were egg-type, NASS reported. Total layers during July averaged 344 million, a 2 percent increase from last year. July egg production per 100 layers increased slightly to 2,313 eggs.
All layers 2013 totaled 345 million on Aug. 1, up 3 percent from 2012. The total consisted of 289 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 52.6 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 3.15 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs, according to NASS. Rate of lay per day on Aug. 1 declined slightly to an average of 74.5 eggs per 100 layers.
July egg-type chicks hatched totaled 38.5 million, up 8 percent from July 2012. Eggs in incubators declined 8 percent to 35.4 million on Aug. 1.
Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders totaled 272,000, a slight increase compared to June 2012, NASS said.
Broiler-type chicks hatched in July gained 2 percent to total 782 million. Eggs in incubators totaled 626 million on Aug. 1, up 2 percent from a year ago.
Leading breeders placed 6.57 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during July, 8 percent increase from July 2012, NASS reported.