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USDA DATA ON CAGE-FREE PRODUCTION

08/01/2018

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 July 2018 released on July 31st 2018 documented no increase in hens producing under the Certified Organic seal and no change in cage-free flocks as compared to June 2018. Organic egg production was up 0.3 percent from June. Cage-free egg production was up 0.4 percent from the previous month. 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 down 0.25 percent from June to 75.0 percent for both categories in July (accepting USDA data):-

 

Flock size '18 (million hens)

Feb.

March

April

May

June

July

Certified Organic

15.0

15.0

15.5

15.6

15.6

15.6

Cage-free hens

36.9

36.9

38.9

38.9

39.1

39.1

Total non-caged

51.9

51.9

54.4

54.5

54.7

54.7

 

 

 

Average weekly production cases, July 2018 Δ

Certified Organic

227,783 was 228,507 June -0.3%

Cage-free

569,960 was 571,860 June -0.3%

Total non-caged

797,743 was 800,367 June -0.3%

 

Average Wholesale Contract Price Cage-Free Brown

$1.59/doz. Unchanged from June

Range unchanged at:

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

FOB Negotiated price, grade quality nest- run, loose

Down 7 percent from June

$0.97 to $1.18/doz. (Av. $1.04/doz)

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

$2.69/doz. (unchanged) June '18

USDA 6-Region

High: NW

$2.79/doz. $2.86 NE

 

Low: SC

$2.49/doz. $2.52 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.