U.S. production of both total and table eggs during March 2007 was 1% below year-earlier levels, according to the April 23 Chickens and Eggs report by USDA/NASS. Total layer numbers were down 1% on April 1, while table egg layers were down 2%.
Comparing table egg layer numbers in flocks 30,000 and above during March in the top-10 egg states versus the previous year, Iowa had no change; Ohio was down 5%; Pennsylvania, down 4%; Indiana, down 1%; California, down 1%; Texas, down 1%; Georgia, up 1%; Arkansas, up 4%; Nebraska, down 5%; and Minnesota, down 5%.
In 2006, by comparison, table egg production was up 2% during March, with total egg production up 1% over 2005 levels. Both table egg layers and all layer numbers on April 1, 2006 were up 2% over the previous year.