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Monday, November 24, 2008

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New York Egg Production Up 5 Percent in October

Egg production on New York farms totaled 101 million eggs in October 2008, up 5 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 4.02 million, increased 2 percent from October 2007 and the rate of lay increased 3 percent to 2,516 eggs per 100 layers.

A dozen eggs brought New York poultry farmers an average of 91.5 cents per dozen for eggs sold in October, up 3.3 cents from September and up 11.3 cents from October 2007.

U.S. egg production totaled 7.61 billion during October 2008, down 1 percent from last year. Production included 6.54 billion table eggs, and 1.08 billion hatching eggs, of which 1.01 billion were broiler-type and 69 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during October 2008 averaged 335 million, down 2 percent from last year.  October egg production per 100 layers was 2,276 eggs, up 1 percent from October 2007.

U.S. Egg-type chicks hatched during October 2008 totaled 40.0 million, up 10 percent from October 2007. Eggs in incubators totaled 34.4 million on November 1, 2008, down slightly 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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11-24-08