December 2010 US egg production reaches 7.9 billion
Number up 1% from December 2009
U.S. egg production totaled 7.9 billion in December 2010, up 1% from the same time in 2009, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service report.
Production numbers included 6.83 billion table eggs and 1.07 billion hatching eggs, of which 1 billion were broiler-type and 67 million were egg-type. In addition, the total number of layers in December 2010 was slightly up (1%) from December 2009 numbers, averaging 341 million. Production per 100 layers was 2,313 eggs.
The numbers of chicks hatched in December 2010 were both up and down compared to the same time period in 2009, with broiler-type chicks hatched up 1% (to 786 million) and egg-type chicks hatched down 4% (to 37.9 million).