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USDA Chickens and Eggs Report: US production up two percent

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Iowa

Egg production in Iowa for December 2013 was 1.21 billion eggs, down 3 percent from last month, and down 2 percent from last year, according to the latest Chickens and Eggs release from USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

The total number of layers on hand during November was 53.1million, up 1 percent from last month, and up 1 percent from the 52.5 million in November, 2012. Eggs per 100 layers for the month of November were 2,280, down 4 percent from last month, and down 3 percent from 2,348 last year.

United States

United States egg production totaled 7.97 billion during November 2013, up 2 percent from last year. Production included 6.95 billion table eggs, and 1.03 billion hatching eggs, of which 952 million were broiler-type and 74 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during November 2013 averaged 349 million, up 1 percent from last year. November egg production per 100 layers was 2,282 eggs, up slightly from November 2012.

All layers in the United States on December 1, 2013 totaled 351 million, up 2 percent from last year. The 351 million layers consisted of 296 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 51.6 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 3.14 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on December 1, 2013, averaged 76.1 eggs per 100 layers, unchanged from December 1, 2012.