Egg Production Up 4 Percent For December

Egg production on New York farms totaled 117 million eggs in December 2012, a 4 percent increase from last year, according to King Whetstone, U.S. Agriculture Department National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York Field Office director.

The number of hens and pullets of laying age, at 4.63 million, increased 2 percent from December 2011 and the rate of lay increased 1 percent to 2,526 eggs per 100 layers.

United States egg production totaled 8.07 billion during December 2012, an increase of 2 percent from last year. Production included 7.03 billion table eggs, and 1.04 billion hatching eggs, of which 969 million were broiler-type and 71 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during December 2012 averaged 344 million, an increase of 2 percent from last year. December egg production per 100 layers was 2,346 eggs, unchanged from December 2011.

United States Egg-type chicks hatched during December 2012 totaled 37.1 million, a decrease of 5 percent from December 2011. Eggs in incubators totaled 37.5 million on January 1, 2013, a decrease of 3 percent from a year ago.