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USDA DATA ON CAGE-FREE PRODUCTION

07/02/2018

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 profound doubt as to the accuracy of the monthly flock numbers and the question is raised as to the desirability of posting 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 Weekly Price and Inventory Report.

The USDA Cage Free Report for the month of June 2018 released on July 2 nd 2018 documented no increase in hens producing under the Certified Organic seal and a 0.2 percent increase in cage-free flocks as compared to May 2018. Organic egg production was up 0.7 percent from May. Cage-free egg production was up 0.8 percent from May. 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 increased by 0.25 percent to 75.25 percent for both categories in June (accepting USDA data):-

Flock size ’18 (million hens)

Jan.

Feb.

March

April

May

June

Certified Organic

14.6

15.0

15.0

15.5

15.6

15.6

Cage-free hens

35.7

36.9

36.9

38.9

38.9

39.1

Total non-caged

50.3

51.9

51.9

51.9

54.5

54.7

 

Average weekly production cases, June 2018 Δ

Certified Organic

228,507 was 226,902 May +0.7%

Cage-free

571,860 was 567,233 May +0.8%

Total non-caged

800,367 was 794,135 May +0.8%

 

Average Wholesale Contract Price Cage-Free Brown

$1.59/doz. Down $0.01 from May

Range unchanged at:

$1.02 to $2.10/doz. (Av. $1.59/doz)

FOB Negotiated price, grade quality nest run

Down 13 percent from March

$0.90 to $1.41/doz. (Av. $1.12/doz)

 

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

$2.69/doz. (unchanged) May ’18

USDA 6-Region

High: NE

$2.86/doz. $2.94 NE

 

Low: MW

$2.52/doz. $2.49 SC

 

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.