Egg production up this year from February 2008

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REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio — Egg production in Ohio during February 2009 totaled 551 million eggs; down 13 percent from last month but up 1 percent compared with a year earlier when production for February 2008 totaled 545 million eggs, according to James E. Ramey, director, USDA/NASS, Ohio Field Office.

February 2009

During February there were 27.3 million layers on Ohio farms. The rate of lay during the month was 2,018 eggs per 100 layers or 72.1 percent.

There were 1 percent of the layers in Ohio being force molted on March 1.

Twenty-one percent of the layers in Ohio have completed a forced molt compared with 15 percent a year ago.

In all egg-producing states on March 1, 3.3 percent of the layers on hand were in a molt and 21.7 percent had completed a molt.

U.S. egg production

U.S. egg production totaled 6.89 billion during February 2009, down 3 percent from last year.

Production included 5.91 billion table eggs and 985 million hatching eggs, of which 917 million were broiler-type and 68 million were egg-type.

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