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on January 30, 2012

US egg production up in December 2011

Egg-type chicks hatched up, broiler-type chicks hatched down

U.S. egg production totaled 7.93 billion during December 2011, up slightly from 2010 numbers, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's latest report.

Production included 6.89 billion table eggs, and 1.04 billion hatching eggs, of which 973 million were broiler-type and 68 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during December 2011 averaged 338 million, down 1 percent from 2010. December 2011 egg production per 100 layers was 2,344 eggs, up 1 percent from December 2010.

All layers in the U.S. on January 1 totaled 338 million, down 2 percent from the same time in 2011. The 338 million layers consisted of 284 million layers producing table- or market-type eggs, 50.9 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs and 2.78 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on January 1 averaged 75.8 eggs per 100 layers, up 2 percent from January 1, 2011.

Egg-type chicks hatched during December 2011 totaled 38.9 million, up 3 percent from December 2010. Eggs in incubators totaled 38.8 million on January 1, up slightly from 2011 numbers. Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders totaled 277 thousand during December 2011, up 5 percent from December 2010.

Broiler-type chicks hatched during December 2011 totaled 760 million, down 3 percent from December 2010. Eggs in incubators totaled 634 million on January 1, down slightly from the same time in 2011. Leading breeders placed 6.44 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during December 2011, down 5 percent from December 2010. 

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