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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

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NEW YORK EGG PRODUCTION UP 2 PERCENT
IN AUGUST

Egg production on New York farms totaled 99 million eggs in August 2008, up 2 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 3.90 million, increased slightly from August 2007 and the rate of lay increased 2 percent to 2,536 eggs per 100 layers.

A dozen eggs brought New York poultry farmers an average of 88.3 cents per dozen for eggs sold in August, up 23.6 cents from July and up 9.9 cents from August 2007.

U.S. egg production totaled 7.55 billion during August 2008, down 1 percent from last year. Production included 6.45 billion table eggs, and 1.10 billion hatching eggs, of which 1.04 billion were broiler-type and 65 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during August 2008 averaged 335 million, down 2 percent from last year.  August egg production per 100 layers was 2,252 eggs, up 1 percent from August 2007.

U.S. Egg-type chicks hatched during August 2008 totaled 36.3 million, down 2 percent from August 2007. Eggs in incubators totaled 36.3 million on September 1, 2008, up 4 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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9-23-08