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Iowa Egg Production Up 4 Percent from 2019
Iowa Ag Connection - 01/22/2020

Iowa egg production during December 2019 was 1.48 billion eggs, up 4 percent from both last month and 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 2019 was 58.9 million, up 1 percent from last month and up 3 percent from last year. Eggs per 100 layers for December were 2,519, up 3 percent from last month and up 1 percent from last year.

United States egg production totaled 9.80 billion during December 2019, up 4 percent from last year. Production included 8.59 billion table eggs, and 1.21 billion hatching eggs, of which 1.12 billion were broiler-type and 88.6 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during December 2019 averaged 403 million, up 3 percent from last year. December egg production per 100 layers was 2,429 eggs, up 1 percent from December 2018.

All layers in the United States on January 1, 2020 totaled 404 million, up 3 percent from last year. The 404 million layers consisted of 341 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 59.9 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 3.50 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on January 1, 2020, averaged 78.0 eggs per 100 layers, up 1 percent from January 1, 2019.

Egg-type chicks hatched during December 2019 totaled 46.9 million, up 1 percent from December 2018. Eggs in incubators totaled 48.3 million on January 1, 2020, down 6 percent from a year ago.

Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders totaled 266 thousand during December 2019, down 1 percent from December 2018.

Broiler-type chicks hatched during December 2019 totaled 858 million, up 4 percent from December 2018. Eggs in incubators totaled 715 million on January 1, 2020, up 5 percent from a year ago.

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