Egg Production Down From Last Year

Egg production on New York farms totaled 105 million eggs in May 2013, a 5 percent decrease from last year, according to Blair Smith, state statistician of the U.S. Agriculture Department’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York Field Office.

The number of hens and pullets of laying age, at 4.27 million, decreased 4 percent from May 2012 and the rate of lay decreased slightly to 2,460 eggs per 100 layers.

United States egg production totaled 8.02 billion during May 2013, a 3 percent increase from last year. Production included 6.92 billion table eggs, and 1.10 billion hatching eggs, of which 1.02 billion were broiler-type and 79 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during May 2013 averaged 345 million, a 1 percent increase from last year. May egg production per 100 layers was 2,327 eggs, increased 1 percent from May 2012.

United States egg-type chicks hatched during May 2013 totaled 48.3 million, an increase of 8 percent from May 2012. Eggs in incubators totaled 42.4 million on June 1, 2013, a 10 percent increase from a year ago.