Egg Production Up 4 Percent In January

Egg production on New York farms totaled 116 million eggs in January 2013, a 4 percent increase from last year, according to King Whetstone, U.S. Agriculture Department National Agricultural Statistics Service, Northeastern Region director.

The number of hens and pullets of laying age, at 4.62 million, increased 2 percent from January 2012 and the rate of lay increased 1 percent to 2,512 eggs per 100 layers.

United States egg production totaled 7.99 billion during January 2013, a 2 percent increase from last year. Production included 6.94 billion table eggs, and 1.06 billion hatching eggs, of which 985 million were broiler-type and 74 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during January 2013 averaged 344 million, a 1 percent increase from last year. January egg production per 100 layers was 2,326 eggs, a slight increase from January 2012.

United States egg-type chicks hatched during January 2013 totaled 42.2 million, a 5 percent increase from January 2012. Eggs in incubators totaled 39.7 million on Feb. 1, 2013, a 1 percent increase from a year ago.