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Contact:  Joe Morse
Tuesday, March 25, 2008

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NEW YORK EGG PRODUCTION UP 7 PERCENT
IN FEBRUARY

Egg production on New York farms totaled 92 million eggs in February 2008, up 7 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 4.03 million, increased 3 percent from February 2007 and the rate of lay increased 4 percent to 2,282 eggs per 100 layers.

A dozen eggs brought New York poultry farmers an average of $1.25 for eggs sold in February, down 3 cents from January but up 61.5 cents from February 2007.

U.S. egg production totaled 7.13 billion during February 2008, up 3 percent from last year. Production included 6.05 billion table eggs, and 1.07 billion hatching eggs, of which 1.01 billion were broiler-type and 64 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during February 2008 averaged 343 million, down 2 percent from last year.  February egg production per 100 layers was 2,075 eggs, up 4 percent from February 2007.

U.S. Egg-type chicks hatched during February 2008 totaled 37.5 million, up 2 percent from February 2007.  Eggs in incubators totaled 36.5 million on March 1, 2008, down 5 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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3-25-08