Egg Production Remains Down From ’21

Wisconsin egg production during October was 149 million eggs, up 3 percent from September but down 18 percent from last year, according to the latest report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

The average number of all layers on hand during October was 5.7 million, down slightly from September and down 20 percent from the same month last year. Eggs per 100 layers for October were 2,607, up 3 percent from September and up 2 percent from last October.

According to Wisconsin State Statistician Greg Bussler, the deficit from last year is due to the impact of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection confirmed its first case of HPAI in March at a commercial poultry flock in Jefferson County. Since then, 18 counties across the state have had confirmed cases of avian influenza.

Looking at the whole U.S. — egg production totaled 9.13 billion during October, down 4 percent from last year.

The average number of layers during October totaled 374 million, down 4 percent from last year. October egg production per 100 layers was 2,439 eggs, up slightly from October 2021. Total layers in the U.S. on Nov. 1 totaled 375 million, down 4 percent from last year. Rate of lay per day on Nov. 1 averaged 78.7 eggs per 100 layers, up slightly from last year.