US: October egg production up 2%
According to the US Department of Agriculture's latest October report, US egg productions totalled 7.9 billion up by 2% from 2011.
Production included 6.88 billion table eggs, and 1.02 billion hatching eggs, of which 952 million were broiler-type and 69 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during October 2012 averaged 340 million, up 1 percent from last year. October egg production per 100 layers was 2,321 eggs, up slightly from October 2011.
All layers in the United States on November 1, 2012 totalled 342 million, up 2 percent from last year. The 342 million layers consisted of 291 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 49.1 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 2.82 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on November 1, 2012, averaged 75.4 eggs per 100 layers, up 1 percent from November 1, 2011.
Egg-type chicks hatched during October 2012 totalled 39.1 million, up 4 percent from October 2011. Eggs in incubators totalled 35.0 million on November 1, 2012, down 7 percent from a year ago. Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders totalled 196 thousand during October 2012, down 26 percent from October 2011.
Broiler-type chicks hatched during October 2012 totalled 727 million, up 2 percent from October 2011. Eggs in incubators totalled 569 million on November 1, 2012, down 1 percent from a year earlier. Leading breeders placed 6.22 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during October 2012, down 1 percent from October 2011.
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