March U.S. egg production decreased 2% from the same period last year to 8.50 billion eggs, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) “Chicken and Eggs” report. Production included 7.36 billion table eggs, and 1.14 billion hatching eggs, of which 1.05 billion were broiler-type and 91 million were egg-type.
The total number of layers during March 2016 averaged 361 million, down 1% from last year. The 361 million layers consisted of 303 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 54.9 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 3.74 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. March egg production per 100 layers was 2,353 eggs, down slightly from March 2015. Rate of lay per day on April 1, 2016, averaged 75.5 eggs per 100 layers, a 2% decline from April 1, 2015.
Egg-type, broiler-type chicks hatched increase
Egg-type chicks hatched during March 2016 totaled 52.2 million, 4% higher than last year. Eggs in incubators totaled 48.5 million on April 1, 2016, down 2% from a year ago. Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders sharply fell 61% to 136,000, compared to March 2015.
Broiler-type chicks hatched during March increased 2% from the same period last year to 804 million. Eggs in incubators totaled 650 million on April 1, 2016, 1% higher than last year. Leading breeders placed 8.41 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during March 2016, a 17% increase from March 2015.