The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service has reported that US egg production, which totalled 7.36 billion for the month of June, is down 1% from last year.
Production per 100 layers was calculated at 2,169 eggs for the month. The Chickens and Eggs report also showed that only two of the top 10 states in layer numbers posted year-over-year growth in June, but not significantly. In total, table egg type layer numbers were down 2% from previous year levels. Egg-type hatching layers were also down 2%.
Production included 6.24 billion table eggs, and 1.12 billion hatching eggs, of which 1.05 billion were broiler-type and 65 million were egg-type. All layers in the country on July 1, 2007 totalled 339 million, down 1% from the previous year, consisting of 279 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 57 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 2.75 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on July 1, 2007, averaged 72.0 eggs per 100 layers – also down 1% from July 1, 2006.
Looking at the top 10 states in table egg layers in flocks of 30,000 and above, Iowa was up 1% in layer numbers; Ohio down 9%; Indiana down 1%; Pennsylvania down 5%; California up 1%; Texas down 1%; Nebraska down 6%; Minnesota down 6%; Georgia down 2%; and Florida down 4%.