U.S. egg production totaled 7.9 billion during October, up 2 percent from 2011 numbers, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's latest report

Production included 6.88 billion table eggs, and 1.02 billion hatching eggs, of which 952 million were broiler-type and 69 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during October averaged 340 million, up 1 percent from 2011. October egg production per 100 layers was 2,321 eggs, up slightly from October 2011.

All layers in the U.S. on November 1 totaled 342 million, up 2 percent from 2011 numbers. The 342 million layers consisted of 291 million layers producing table- or market-type eggs, 49.1 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs and 2.82 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on November 1, averaged 75.4 eggs per 100 layers, up 1 percent from November 1, 2011, according to the USDA report.

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Egg-type chicks hatched during October totaled 39.1 million, up 4 percent from October 2011. Eggs in incubators totaled 35 million on November 1, down 7 percent from 2011 numbers. Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders totaled 196,000 during October, down 26 percent from October 2011.

Broiler-type chicks hatched during October totaled 727 million, up 2 percent from October 2011. Eggs in incubators totaled 569 million on November 1, down 1 percent from 2011, according to the USDA. Leading breeders placed 6.22 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during October, down 1 percent from October 2011.

For more information and statistics on U.S. egg production, see www.wattagnet.com/marketdata.html.