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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact:  Joe Morse
Tuesday, December 23, 2008

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NEW YORK EGG PRODUCTION UP 5 PERCENT
IN NOVEMBER

Egg production on New York farms totaled 101 million eggs in November 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 4.17 million, increased 4 percent from November 2007 and the rate of lay increased 1 percent to 2,423 eggs per 100 layers.

A dozen eggs brought New York poultry farmers an average of 92.6 cents per dozen for eggs sold in November, up 1.1 cents from October but down 32.8 cents from November 2007.

U.S. egg production totaled 7.51 billion during November 2008, down slightly from last year. Production included 6.47 billion table eggs, and 1.04 billion hatching eggs, of which 970 million were broiler-type and 71 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during November 2008 averaged 339 million, down 2 percent from last year. November egg production per 100 layers was 2,217 eggs, up 1 percent from November 2007.

U.S. egg-type chicks hatched during November 2008 totaled 36.6 million, up 1 percent from November 2007.  Eggs in incubators totaled 34.8 million on December 1, 2008, down 3 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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12-23-08