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Contact:  Joe Morse
Monday, March 3, 2008

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NEW YORK EGG PRODUCTION DOWN 1 PERCENT
IN JANUARY

Egg production on New York farms totaled 96 million eggs in January 2008, down 1 percent from last year, according to Stephen Ropel, Director of USDA=s National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York Field Office.

The number of hens and pullets of laying age, at 3.89 million, decreased 3 percent from January 2007 but the rate of lay increased slightly to 2,468 eggs per 100 layers.

A dozen eggs brought New York poultry farmers an average of $1.28 for eggs sold in January, down 1 cent from December but up 47 cents from January 2007.

U.S. egg production totaled 7.66 billion during January 2008, down slightly from last year. Production included 6.52 billion table eggs, and 1.14 billion hatching eggs, of which 1.07 billion were broiler-type and 67 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during January 2008 averaged 345 million, down 1 percent from last year. January egg production per 100 layers was 2,220 eggs, up 1 percent from January 2007.

U.S. Egg-type chicks hatched during January 2008 totaled 40.2 million, up 9 percent from January 2007. Eggs in incubators totaled 35.5 million on February 1, 2008, down 4 percent from a year ago.  The information in this release is available by free email subscription by subscribing to New York reports at

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