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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact:  Joe Morse
Tuesday, June 24, 2008

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NEW YORK EGG PRODUCTION UP 8 PERCENT
IN MAY

Egg production on New York farms totaled 100 million eggs in May 2008, up 8 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 4.01 million, increased 6 percent from May 2007 and the rate of lay increased 1 percent to 2,497 eggs per 100 layers.

A dozen eggs brought New York poultry farmers an average of 70.8 cents per dozen for eggs sold in May, down 15.7 cents from April but up 8.8 cents from May 2007.

>U.S. egg production totaled 7.57 billion during May 2008, down 1 percent from last year. Production included 6.43 billion table eggs, and 1.15 billion hatching eggs, of which 1.08 billion were broiler-type and 68 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during May 2008 averaged 340 million, down 1 percent from last year.  May egg production per 100 layers was 2,226 eggs, unchanged from May 2007.

U.S. egg-type chicks hatched during May 2008 totaled 42.7 million, up 12 percent from May 2007. Eggs in incubators totaled 37.6 million on June 1, 2008, down 2 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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6-24-08