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California egg production up, prices down

California’s egg production during July totaled 402 million, 12 million above June, but 21 million below July 2005, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). The average number of layers during the month totaled 19 million, down slightly from last month, but a marginal increase from July 2005. Eggs per 100 layers during the month were 2,121 compared to 2,053 a month earlier and 2,234 in July 2005.

Nationally, egg production totaled 7.64 billion during July 2006, 1 percent more than last year. Production included 6.56 billion table eggs and 1.09 billion hatching eggs, of which 1.02 billion were broiler-type and 66 million were egg-type. The total number of layers during July 2006 averaged 341 million, one percent above last year. July egg production per 100 layers was 2,241 eggs, up slightly from July 2005, NASS reported.

The average July price received by California producers decreased 11 cents per dozen for market eggs, when compared to the June average price.

Nationally, the July market egg price at 24.8 cents per dozen decreased 12.2 cents from June and was 8.1 cents below July 2005. The July broiler price, at 40 cents per pound, was up 1 cent from June, but 4 cents below a year ago. The July turkey price, averaging 46.4 cents per pound, increased 0.6 of a cent from the previous month and up 1.8 cents from a year earlier.

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