FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Joe Morse
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
NEW YORK EGG PRODUCTION UP 4 PERCENT
Egg production on New York farms totaled 94 million eggs in June 2008, up 4 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 3.96 million, increased 4 percent from June 2007 and the rate of lay increased slightly to 2,374 eggs per 100 layers.
A dozen eggs brought New York poultry farmers an average of 95.8 cents per dozen for eggs sold in June, up 25 cents from May and up 45.3 cents from June 2007.
U.S. egg production totaled 7.37 billion during June 2008, down slightly from last year. Production included 6.27 billion table eggs, and 1.10 billion hatching eggs, of which 1.03 billion were broiler-type and 64 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during June 2008 averaged 339 million, down slightly from last year. June egg production per 100 layers was 2,176 eggs, up slightly from June 2007.
U.S. Egg-type chicks hatched during June 2008 totaled 42.5 million, up 5 percent from June 2007. Eggs in incubators totaled 35.9 million on July 1, 2008, up 9 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.