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USDA DATA ON CAGE-FREE PRODUCTION

08/05/2019

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 individual monthly flock numbers especially with reports that show a significant increase in the cage-free flock for a specific month followed by stasis in succeeding months. It is questioned is whether it would not be more desirable to post accurate quarterly data in place of unconvincing sequential 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 July 2019 released on August 5 th 2019 documented a static flock size for hens producing under the Certified Organic seal. The National cage-free flock was also unchanged from June. 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 was unchanged for June at 76.0 percent percent for both categories of non-caged hens reflecting a younger national flock (accepting USDA data).

Flock size 2019 (million hens)

June & July

2019

May

2019

April

2019

March

2019

Sept. 2018 through Feb. 2019

August

2018

Certified Organic

15.8

15.8

15.7

15.0

15.7

15.7

Cage-free hens

51.3

50.9

50.7

46.9

41.5

39.1

Total non-caged

67.1

66.7

66.4

61.9

57.2

54.7

 

Average weekly production cases, July2019

Certified Organic

232,824 (233,164 June)

Cage-free

758,647 (758,647 June)

Total non-caged

991,471 (991,811 June)

Average Wholesale Contract Price Cage-Free Brown

$1.54/doz. (Was $1.56 since Nov. '18)

Range unchanged at:

$1.15 to $2.10/doz.

FOB Negotiated price, grade quality nest-run, loose

Price range $0.35 to $0.42 per dozen

Average Value of $0.38/doz. (was $0.52)

 

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

$2.49/doz. (was $2.48 June 2019)

USDA 6-Region

High: NE

$3.16/doz. $2.26 (NE.)

 

Low: SC

$2.02/doz. $2.15 (SC.)

Subscribers are referred 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.