U.S. egg production totaled 7.5 billion during June, down slightly from 2011, according to the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture report.

Production included 6.47 billion table eggs, and 1.03 billion hatching eggs, of which 965 million were broiler-type and 68 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during June averaged 337 million, up slightly from 2011. June egg production per 100 layers was 2,227 eggs, down slightly from June 2011, according to the USDA. All layers in the U.S. on July 1 totaled 335 million, down slightly from 2011 totals. The 335 million layers consisted of 281 million layers producing table- or market-type eggs, 51.6 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs and 2.81 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on July 1 averaged 73.9 eggs per 100 layers, down 1 percent from July 1, 2011.

Egg-type chicks hatched during June totaled 39.4 million, up 1 percent from June 2011. Eggs in incubators totaled 34.2 million on July 1, down 1 percent from 2011 numbers. Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders totaled 119,000 during June, down 61 percent from June 2011.

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Broiler-type chicks hatched during June totaled 756 million, down 1 percent from June 2011. Eggs in incubators totaled 612 million on July 1, down 1 percent from 2011, according to the USDA. Leading breeders placed 6.8 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during June, down 6 percent from June 2011.

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