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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact:  Joe Morse
Wednesday, January 23, 2008

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NEW YORK EGG PRODUCTION DOWN 3 PERCENT
IN DECEMBER

Egg production on New York farms totaled 105 million eggs in December 2007, down 3 percent from last year, according to Stephen Ropel, Director of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York office.

The number of hens and pullets of laying age, at 4.23 million, decreased 3 percent from December 2006 and the rate of lay decreased slightly to 2,484 eggs per 100 layers.

A dozen eggs brought New York poultry farmers an average of $1.29 for eggs sold in December, up 4 cents from November and up 57 cents from December 2006.

U.S. egg production totaled 7.76 billion during December 2007, down slightly from last year.  Production included 6.63 billion table eggs, and 1.13 billion hatching eggs, of which 1.06 billion were broiler-type and 67 million were egg-type.  The total number of layers during December 2007 averaged 344 million, down 1 percent from last year.  December egg production per 100 layers was 2,256 eggs, up 1 percent from December 2006.

Egg-type chicks hatched during December 2007 totaled 35.5 million, up 7 percent from December 2006.  Eggs in incubators totaled 35.8 million on January 1, 2008, up 4 percent from a year ago.  The information in this release is available by free email subscription by subscribing to New York reports at www.nass.usda.gov/ny.

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1-23-08