|NOVEMBER 19, 2010 --
USDA’s Annual Chickens and Eggs survey is the only chance to officially measure the entire layer industry in New England for 2010. This annual survey is part of a National study to establish official USDA estimates for 2010 egg production, as well as layer, pullet, and rooster inventories as of December 1. This survey will be conducted across all six States in the New England region. All operations with hatchery and table egg flocks will be contacted.
In late November, New England poultry operations will receive a questionnaire in the mail. Producers who have not returned their form by December 1 will be phoned by the New England Field Office of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) and asked to help with this important project. The results of the survey are used by farmers, grower associations, extension specialists, suppliers, lenders, and lawmakers when reviewing farm practices and policies.
Gary Keough, director of the NASS New England Field Office noted that, as is the case with all NASS surveys, information provided by respondents is confidential by law. “NASS safeguards the privacy of all responses and publishes only State- and national-level data, ensuring that no individual operation or producer can be identified,” he said.
Survey results will be published in NASS’s Chickens and Eggs report, to be released in late February 2011. This and all NASS reports are available online at www.nass.usda.gov. For more information on NASS surveys and reports, call the NASS New England Field Office at 1-800-642-9571.