California Egg Production
California’s egg production during April totaled 291 million, down 6 million from March’s production but up 22 million from April 2015. The all layers during the month totaled 12.4 million, up slightly from last month, and up 8 percent from April 2015. Eggs per 100 layers during the month were 2,356, compared to 2,412 a month earlier, and 2,352 in April 2015.
U.S. April Egg Production
United States egg production totaled 8.21 billion during April 2016, down 1 percent from last year. Production included 7.10 billion table eggs, and 1.11 billion hatching eggs, of which 1.02 billion were broiler-type and 93 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during April 2016 averaged 361 million, down slightly from last year. April egg production per 100 layers was 2,273 eggs, down 1 percent from April 2015.
All layers in the United States on May 1, 2016 totaled 361 million, up 1 percent from last year. The 361 million layers consisted of 302 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 54.8 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 3.95 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on May 1, 2016, averaged 76.0 eggs per 100 layers, up slightly from May 1, 2015.
U.S. Broiler-Type Chicks Hatched
Broiler-type chicks hatched during April 2016 totaled 781 million, up 1 percent from April 2015. Eggs in incubators totaled 650 million on May 1, 2016, down slightly from a year ago.
Leading breeders placed 7.77 million broiler-type pullet chicks for future domestic hatchery supply flocks during April 2016, up 11 percent from April 2015.
U.S. Egg-Type Chicks Hatched
Egg-type chicks hatched during April 2016 totaled 49.4 million, down 2 percent from April 2015. Eggs in incubators totaled 52.5 million on May 1, 2016, up 8 percent from a year ago.
Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders totaled 240 thousand during April 2016, up 10 percent from April 2015.
U.S. Turkey Hatchery Production
Turkey eggs in incubators on May 1, 2016, in the United States totaled 28.2 million, up 5 percent from May 1, 2015. Eggs in incubators were down 4 percent from the April 1, 2016 total of 29.4 million eggs.
Turkey poults hatched during April 2016, in the United States totaled 23.8 million, up 2 percent from April 2015. Poults hatched were up 1 percent from the March 2016 total of 23.5 million poults.
The 23.2 million net poults placed during April 2016 in the United States were up 6 percent from the number placed during the same month a year earlier. Net placements were up 4 percent from the March 2016 total of 22.4 million.
U.S. Poultry and Egg Prices
The March market egg price, at $0.73 per dozen, decreased 12.0 cents from February and is 68.1 cents below March 2015. The March broiler price, at 49.0 cents per pound, is up 3.0 cent from February and 10.0 cents below a year earlier. The March turkey price at 78.9 cents per pound is down 0.5 cents from February but up 10.6 cents from March 2015.
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