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USDA: October egg production up 3%

All layers in U.S. totaled 386 million on Nov. 1, up 2% from last year.

U.S. egg production totaled 9.22 billion during October 2018, up 3% from last year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's latest “Chicken & Eggs” report. Production included 8.04 billion table eggs and 1.18 billion hatching eggs, 1.10 billion of which were broiler-type and 86.3 million were egg-type.

USDA reported that the average number of layers during October 2018 totaled 386 million, up 2% from last year. October egg production per 100 layers was 2,388 eggs, up 1% from October 2017.

The report showed that all layers in the U.S. on Nov. 1, 2018, totaled 386 million, up 2% from last year. Of that total, 326 million were layers producing table or market type eggs, 57.6 million were layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs and 3.31 million were layers producing egg-type hatching eggs.

The rate of lay per day on Nov. 1, 2018, averaged 77.1 eggs per 100 layers, up 1% from Nov. 1, 2017.

Egg-type chicks hatched up, broiler-type down

According to the report, egg-type chicks hatched during October 2018 totaled 55.0 million, up 7% from October 2017. Eggs in incubators totaled 45.2 million on Nov. 1, 2018, down slightly from a year ago.

USDA reported that domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders totaled 225,000 during October 2018, up 14% from October 2017.

Broiler-type chicks hatched during October 2018 totaled 790 million, down slightly from October 2017. Eggs in incubators totaled 649 million on Nov. 1, 2018, down slightly from a year ago.

USDA said leading breeders placed 7.28 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during October 2018, down 4% from October 2017.

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