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Iowa Layers Down 18 Perent, Eggs Down 15 from Last Year
Iowa Ag Connection - 01/22/2021

Iowa egg production during December 2020 was 1.26 billion eggs, up 3% from last month but down 15% from last year, according to the latest Chickens and Eggs report from the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.

The average number of all layers on hand during December 2020 was 48.2 million, up slightly from last month but down 18% from last year. Eggs per 100 layers for December were 2,620, up 2% from last month and up 4% from last year.

United States egg production totaled 9.60 billion during December 2020, down 2% from last year. Production included 8.33 billion table eggs, and 1.26 billion hatching eggs, of which 1.17 billion were broiler-type and 87.4 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during December 2020 averaged 391 million, down 3% from last year. December egg production per 100 layers was 2,453 eggs, up 1% from December 2019.

All layers in the United States on January 1, 2021 totaled 391 million, down 3% from last year. The 391 million layers consisted of 325 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 62.4 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 3.37 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on January 1, 2021, averaged 78.3 eggs per 100 layers, up 1% from January 1, 2020.

Egg-type chicks hatched during December 2020 totaled 53.4 million, up 16% from December 2019. Eggs in incubators totaled 50.8 million on January 1, 2021, up 6% from a year ago.

Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders totaled 461 thousand during December 2020, up 53% from December 2019.

Broiler-type chicks hatched during December 2020 totaled 848 million, down 1% from December 2019. Eggs in incubators totaled 712 million on January 1, 2021, down slightly from a year ago.


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