U.S. egg production in April  mirrored results reported for March, up another 1% compared to the same period last year. April 2009 production totalled 7.46 billion according to statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Production included:

  • 6.41 billion table eggs, and
  • 1.05 billion hatching eggs.

Of the hatching eggs, 980 million were broiler-type and 71 million were egg-type.

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The total number of layers during April 2009 averaged 340 million, down slightly from last year. April egg production per 100 layers was 2,196 eggs, up 2 percent from April 2008.

All layers in the U.S. on May 1, 2009 totaled 339 million, down slightly from last year. The 339 million layers consisted of 282 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 53.9 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 3.01 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs.