United States egg production totalled 7.55 billion during September 2012, up 1 percent from last year. Production included 6.57 billion table eggs, and 987 million hatching eggs, of which 919 million were broiler-type and 68 million were egg-type.
According to the latest report released by the USDA, all layers in the US on October 1, 2012 totalled 338 million, up 1 percent from last year. The 338 million layers consisted of 285 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 49.3 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 2.96 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on October 1, 2012, averaged 74.3 eggs per 100 layers, down 1 percent from October 1, 2011.
Egg-Type Chicks Hatched Down 6 Percent
Egg-type chicks hatched during September 2012 totalled 37.5 million, down 6 percent from September 2011. Eggs in incubators totalled 37.2 million on October 1, 2012, up 1 percent from a year ago. Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders totalled 206 thousand during September 2012, down 18 percent from September 2011.
Broiler-Type Chicks Hatched Down Slightly
Broiler-type chicks hatched during September 2012 totalled 718 million, down slightly from September 2011. Eggs in incubators totalled 581 million on October 1, 2012, up 2 percent from a year earlier. Leading breeders placed 6.68 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during September 2012, up slightly from last year.