New York's egg production up 6% year-over-year to 112 million in January, USDA says; average output reaches 2480 eggs/100 layers, up slightly from last year

ALBANY, New York , March 1, 2012 (press release) – Egg production on New York farms totaled 112 million eggs in January 2012, up 6 percent from last year, according to King Whetstone, Director of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York Field Office.

The number of hens and pullets of laying age, at 4.52 million, increased 5 percent from January 2011 and the rate of lay increased slightly to 2,480 eggs per 100 layers.

United States egg production totaled 7.83 billion during January 2012, down slightly from last year. Production included 6.78 billion table eggs, and 1.05 billion hatching eggs, of which 972 million were broiler-type and 73 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during January 2012 averaged 338 million, down 1 percent from last year. January egg production per 100 layers was 2,319 eggs, up 1 percent from January 2011.

United States egg-type chicks hatched during January 2012 totaled 40.3 million, down 3 percent from January 2011. Eggs in incubators totaled 39.4 million on February 1, 2012, down 1 percent from a year ago.

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