AGRICULTURE

USDA Chickens and Eggs Report

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Iowa

Egg production in Iowa for December 2013 was 1.26 billion eggs, up 4 percent from last month, but virtually unchanged 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 December was 53.9 million, up 1 percent from last month, and up 3 percent from the 52.5 million in December, 2012. Eggs per 100 layers for the month of December were 2,343, up 3 percent from last month, but down 2 percent from 2,402 last year.

United States

United States egg production totaled 8.25 billion during December 2013, up 2 percent from last year. Production included 7.19 billion table eggs, and 1.06 billion hatching eggs, of which 986 million were broiler-type and 75 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during December 2013 averaged 351 million, up 2 percent from last year. December egg production per 100 layers was 2,353 eggs, up slightly from December 2012.

All layers in the United States on January 1, 2014 totaled 350 million, up 2 percent from last year. The 350 million layers consisted of 295 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 52.3 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 3.02 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on January 1, 2014, averaged 75.6 eggs per 100 layers, up 1 percent from January 1, 2013.