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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact: Joe Morse
Monday August 25, 2008
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NEW YORK EGG PRODUCTION DOWN 1 PERCENT
IN JULY

Egg production on New York farms totaled 95 million eggs in July 2008, down 1 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 3.85 million, decreased 2 percent from July 2007 but the rate of lay increased 1 percent to 2,470 eggs per 100 layers.

A dozen eggs brought New York poultry farmers an average of 64.7 cents per dozen for eggs sold in July, down 31.1 cents from June and down 24.3 cents from July 2007.

U.S. egg production totaled 7.60 billion during July 2008, up slightly from last year. Production included 6.49 billion table eggs, and 1.12 billion hatching eggs, of which 1.05 billion were broiler-type and 64 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during July 2008 averaged 336 million, down 1 percent from last year. July egg production per 100 layers was 2,262 eggs, up 1 percent from July 2007.

U.S. Egg-type chicks hatched during July 2008 totaled 37.9 million, up 5 percent from July 2007.  Eggs in incubators totaled 33.0 million on August 1, 2008, up 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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8-25-08