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December egg production down slightly

Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply increase 59%.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's latest “Chickens & Eggs” report, U.S. egg production totaled 9.07 billion eggs during December 2017, down slightly from the previous year. Production included 7.94 billion table eggs and 1.14 billion hatching eggs, 1.06 billion of which were broiler-type and 80.3 million of which were egg-type.

The total number of layers averaged 382 million in December 2017, up 1% from the prior year. December egg production per 100 layers was 2,375 eggs, down 2% from December 2016.

USDA data showed that all layers in the U.S. on Jan. 1, 2018, totaled 382 million, a 1% increase from last year. That total consisted of 321 million layers producing table or market-type eggs, 56.8 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs and 3.33 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on Jan. 1, 2018, averaged 75.8 eggs per 100 layers, down 2% from Jan. 1, 2017.

Egg-type chicks hatched during December 2017 totaled 45.8 million, up slightly from December 2016. Eggs in incubators totaled 46.7 million on Jan. 1, 2018, up 17% from a year ago.

Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders totaled 253,000 during December 2017, up 59% from December 2016.

Broiler-type chicks hatched during December 2017 totaled 825 million, up 2% from December 2016. Eggs in incubators increased 3% year over year to 680 million on Jan. 1, 2018.

Leading breeders placed 7.59 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during December 2017, up 1% from December 2016.

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