Chickens and Eggs: May Egg Production Down 1 Percent
By National Agricultural Statistics Service USDAFeatures Business & Policy Trade
June 25, 2008, Washington, D.C. – U.S.
egg production totaled 7.57 billion during May 2008, down 1 percent
from last year. Production included 6.43 billion table eggs, and 1.15
billion hatching eggs, of which 1.08 billion were broiler-type and 68
million were egg-type. The total number of layers during May 2008
averaged 340 million, down 1 percent from last year. May egg
production per 100 layers was 2,226 eggs, unchanged from May 2007.
All layers in the U.S. on June 1, 2008 totaled 340 million, down slightly from last year. The 340 million layers consisted of 280 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 57.0 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 2.79 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on June 1, 2008, averaged 71.7 eggs per 100 layers, down 1 percent from June 1, 2007.
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