South Dakota Egg Production Down but Value up to $73.5M

April 30, 2016 05:23 PM

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the value of South Dakota's egg production rose to $73.5 million in 2015, up from $63.3 million in 2014.

The USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service says 2015 egg production is estimated to be 603 million eggs, down 149 million eggs from the previous year. The average number of layers for 2015 dropped by 556,000 to 2.08 million.

South Dakota producers raised 4.3 million turkeys in 2015, down 200,000 head from 2014. The value of that production was $147 million, up from $137.9 million in 2014. A total of 181 million pounds were produced in 2015, down from the 187 million pounds in 2014.

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