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S.D. February Layer Inventory Down from 2019
South Dakota Ag Connection - 03/24/2020

All layers in South Dakota during February 2020 totaled 2.58 million, down from 2.79 million the previous year, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.

South Dakota egg production during February totaled 64.8 million eggs, up from 62.1 million in 2019. February egg production per 100 layers was 2,514 eggs, compared to 2,224 eggs in 2019.

United States egg production totaled 8.94 billion during February 2020, up 3 percent from last year. Production included 7.79 billion table eggs, and 1.15 billion hatching eggs, of which 1.07 billion were broiler-type and 81.3 million were egg-type. The average number of layers during February 2020 totaled 397 million, down 2 percent from last year. February egg production per 100 layers was 2,254 eggs, up 5 percent from February 2019.

Total layers in the United States on March 1, 2020 totaled 394 million, down 3 percent from last year. The 394 million layers consisted of 330 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 60.9 million layers producing broiler-type hatching eggs, and 3.41 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on March 1, 2020, averaged 77.5 eggs per 100 layers, up 1 percent from March 1, 2019.

Egg-type chicks hatched during February 2020 totaled 48.2 million, down 8 percent from February 2019. Eggs in incubators totaled 49.1 million on March 1, 2020, down 8 percent from a year ago.

Domestic placements of egg-type pullet chicks for future hatchery supply flocks by leading breeders totaled 482 thousand during February 2020, up 140 percent from February 2019.

Broiler-type chicks hatched during February 2020 totaled 807 million, up 8 percent from February 2019. Eggs in incubators totaled 718 million on March 1, 2020, up 4 percent from a year ago.

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