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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact:  Joe Morse
Tuesday, May 27, 2008

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NEW YORK EGG PRODUCTION UP 6 PERCENT
IN APRIL

Egg production on New York farms totaled 95 million eggs in April 2008, up 6 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 3.94 million, increased 3 percent from April 2007 and the rate of lay increased 3 percent to 2,411 eggs per 100 layers.

A dozen eggs brought New York poultry farmers an average of 86.5 cents per dozen for eggs sold in April, down 44.5 cents from March but up 28.5 cents from April 2007.

U.S. egg production totaled 7.38 billion during April 2008, down 1 percent from last year. Production included 6.28 billion table eggs, and 1.11 billion hatching eggs, of which 1.04 billion were broiler-type and 66 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during April 2008 averaged 341 million, down 1 percent from last year.  April egg production per 100 layers was 2,164 eggs, up slightly from April 2007.

U.S. Egg-type chicks hatched during April 2008 totaled 41.1 million, up 5 percent from April 2007. Eggs in incubators totaled 39.6 million on May 1, 2008, up 10 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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5-27-08