Egg production for March 2009 totaled 7.72 billion, up 1% from last year according to numbers reported by the National Agricultural Statistics Service. Table eggs numbered 6.63 billion. Hatching eggs numbered 1.09 billion of which 1.02 billion were broiler-type and 75 million were egg-type.
Layers during March 2009 averaged 340 million, down slightly from last year. Egg production per 100 layers for March was 2,269 eggs up 1% from March 2008.
Number of U.S. layers on April 1, 2009 was down slightly, totaling 341 million. Type of eggs produced:
- 283 million table or market eggs,
- 54.3 million broiler-type hatching eggs, and
- 3.07 million egg-type eggs.
Rate of lay on April 1, 2009 was up 2% from April 2008, averaging 73.9 eggs per 100 layers.