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USDA DATA ON CAGE-FREE PRODUCTION

09/04/2018

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 September 4th 2018 documented no increase in hens producing under the Certified Organic seal and no change in cage-free flocks as compared to July 2018. Organic egg production was up less than 0.1 percent from July. Cage-free egg production was unchanged 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 unchanged at 75 percent (accepting USDA data):-

Flock size '18 (million hens)

Feb.

March

April

May

June

July & Aug.

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, August 2018 Δ

Certified Organic

227,748 was 227,783 July less than 0.1%

Cage-free

569,960 unchanged from July

Total non-caged

797,708 was 797,708 July

 

Average Wholesale Contract Price Cage-Free Brown

$1.59/doz. Unchanged from July

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

$0.94 to $1.10/doz. (Av. $1.04/doz)

 

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

$2.93/doz. (was $2.69 July)

USDA 6-Region

High: NW

$3.17/doz. $2.79 NE

 

Low: MW

$2.56/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.