Egg production on New York farms totaled 111 million eggs in August, a 3 percent increase from last year.
The number of hens and pullets of laying age, at 4.40 million, increased 1 percent from August 2011 and the rate of lay increased 2 percent to 2,523 eggs per 100 layers.
National egg production totaled 7.80 billion during August, an increase of 1 percent from last year. Production included 6.76 billion table eggs, and 1.04 billion hatching eggs, of which 971 million were broiler-type and 69 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during August averaged 335 million, a slight increase from last year. Egg production per 100 layers was 2,324 eggs, increased 1 percent from 2011.
Nationally, egg-type chicks hatched during August totaled 41.4 million, a slight decrease from 2011. Eggs in incubators totaled 36.8 million on Sept. 1, a decrease of 6 percent from a year ago.