U.S. egg production totaled 7.8 billion during August, up 1 percent from 2011 numbers, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's latest report.

Production included 6.76 billion table eggs, and 1.04 billion hatching eggs, of which 971 million were broiler-type and 69 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during August averaged 335 million, up slightly from 2011. August egg production per 100 layers was 2,324 eggs, up 1 percent from August 2011. All layers in the U.S. on September 1 totaled 336 million, up slightly from 2011, according to the USDA. The 336 million layers consisted of 284 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 49.8 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs and 2.84 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. 

Egg-type chicks hatched during August totaled 41.4 million, down slightly from August 2011. Eggs in incubators totaled 36.8 million on September 1, down 6 percent from 2011 numbers. Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders totaled 234,000, down 26 percent from August 2011.

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Broiler-type chicks hatched in August totaled 758 million, also down slightly from August 2011. Eggs in incubators totaled 596 million on September 1, down 1 percent from 2011 numbers, according to the USDA. Leading breeders placed 7.05 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during August 2012, down 3 percent from August 2011.

For more egg and poultry statistics, see www.wattagnet.com/marketdata.html.