- Associated Press - Monday, June 22, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A monthly report on egg production and chicken flocks reveals the depth of the impact of bird flu on the nation’s egg producers.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in a report released Monday that May national table egg production fell 6½ percent from last year to 6.86 billion eggs. Laying hen numbers fell 8 percent to 329 million as of June 1.

Iowa, the nation’s egg leader, saw egg production fall 28 percent from year ago and 21 percent in a month as bird flu swept through flocks.

The state produced 1 billion eggs in May, the lowest monthly number since February 2005.

More than 31 million Iowa birds have died since mid-April. Egg layers on hand in May totaled 44.2 million, down 26 percent from a year ago.

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