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USDA DATA ON CAGE-FREE PRODUCTION

12/03/2018

Based on the importance of cage-free production, the USDA-AMS issues a monthly report on volumes and prices for the information of Industry stakeholders. There is some doubt as to the accuracy of the monthly flock numbers and the question is raised whether it would be more desirable to post accurate quarterly data in place of erratic monthly figures.

EGG-NEWS summarizes and comments on data and trends in the monthly USDA Cage-Free Report, supplementing the information posted weekly in the EGG-NEWS Egg Weekly Price and Inventory Report.

The USDA Cage Free Report for the month of November 2018 released on December 3rd 2018 documented constant flock sizes in hens producing under the Certified Organic seal and for cage-free flocks as compared to September 2018. Organic and cage-free egg production were higher by 0.3 percent from October The respective numbers of hens in organic and cage-free flocks should reflect the realities of supply and demand in the market over successive quarters. Average flock production rose to 75.5 percent for both categories of non-caged hens (accepting USDA data):-

 

Flock size '18 (million hens)

May

June

July

Aug.

Sept.

Oct. Nov.

Certified Organic

15.6

15.6

15.6

15.6

15.7

15.7 15.7

Cage-free hens

38.9

39.1

39.1

39.1

41.4

41.5 41.5

Total non-caged

54.5

54.7

54.7

54.7

57.1

57.2 57.2

 

Average weekly production cases, November 2018 Δ

Certified Organic

230,279 was 229,517 Oct. +0.3%

Cage-free

608,803 was 606,787 Oct. +0.3%

Total non-caged

839,082 was 836,304 Oct. +0.3%

 

Average Wholesale Contract Price Cage-Free Brown

$1.56/doz. Unchanged from Oct.

Range unchanged at:

$1.15 to $2.10/doz. (Av. $1.56/doz)

FOB Negotiated price, grade quality nest- run, loose

Average up 19 percent from October with narrower spread

$1.21 to $1.54/doz. (Av. $1.36/doz)

was $1.02 to $1.54 (Av. 1.14/doz.)

 

Average Advertised National Retail Price C-F, L, Brown

$2.96/doz. (was $2.62 October)

USDA 6-Region

High: NE

$3.47/doz. $2.96 (Oct.)

 

Low: MW

$2.68/doz. $2.19 MW

 

Kindly refer to weekly USDA wholesale and retail prices posted in the EGG-NEWS Egg Price and Inventory Report E-mailed each Friday. The previous Monthly Cage-Free Report is available under the STATISTICS Tab.