California egg production lowest since 1958
Once the top ranking state in the United States for egg production California
has fallen, over the last ten years fallen to fifth
High-priced real estate and feed, together with government regulations have
been blamed for whittling away California's laying flock numbers, which numbered over 40
million in the early 70's.
According to Don Bell, UC Cooperative
Extension poultry specialist emeritus, California's laying chicken flock has
dropped to about 19 million from 24 million in 2000. And he expects the slide to
"Just about every major egg company has to have a governmental relations
employee just to keep up with the legislation. Almost every week you hear about
some new regulation that is being imposed on agriculture," Bell said. "The
bureaucracy is getting to be unmanageable â€¦.The problem is that California is
not a user friendly egg state anymore."
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