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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact:  Joe Morse
Wednesday, October 22, 2008

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NEW YORK EGG PRODUCTION UP 7 PERCENT
In September

Egg production on New York farms totaled 98 million eggs in September 2008, up 7 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 4.00 million, increased 2 percent from September 2007 and the rate of lay increased 4 percent to 2,452 eggs per 100 layers.

A dozen eggs brought New York poultry farmers an average of 88.2 cents per dozen for eggs sold in September, down 0.1 cents from August and down 11.9 cents from September 2007.

U.S. egg production totaled 7.34 billion during September 2008, down 1 percent from last year. Production included 6.28 billion table eggs, and 1.06 billion hatching eggs, of which 990 million were broiler-type and 65 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during September 2008 averaged 334 million, down 2 percent from last year. September egg production per 100 layers was 2,194 eggs, up 1 percent from September 2007.

U.S. egg-type chicks hatched during September 2008 totaled 36.4 million, up 3 percent from September 2007.  Eggs in incubators totaled 35.5 million on October 1, 2008, up 5 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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10-22-08