USDA DATA ON CAGE-FREE PRODUCTION

03/05/2019

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 monthly flock numbers and the question is raised whether it would not be more desirable to post accurate quarterly data in place of unconvincing monthly figures with similar hen data for consecutive months.

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 February 2019 released on March 4th 2019 documented constant flock sizes in hens producing under the Certified Organic seal and an inconsequential increase in cage-free flocks as compared to the values for October 2018 through January 2019. 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 reduced to 75.5 percent for both categories of non-caged hens (accepting USDA data) although there were differences in placement programs and hen age among preceding months:-

Flock size '18 (million hens)

June

July

Aug.

Sept.

Oct. '18 through Jan.'19

Feb. '19

Certified Organic

15.6

15.6

15.6

15.7

15.7

15.7

Cage-free hens

39.1

39.1

39.1

41.4

41.5

41.6

Total non-caged

54.7

54.7

54.7

57.1

 

57.2

57.3

Average weekly production (cases), Feb. 2019

Certified Organic

230,279 Jan. 231,042

Cage-free

610,902 Jan. 610,819

Total non-caged

841,181 Jan. 841,861

 

Average Wholesale Contract Price Cage-Free Brown

$1.56/doz. Unchanged since Nov. '18

Range unchanged at:

$1.15 to $2.10/doz.

FOB Negotiated price, grade quality nest- run, loose

Average up 27.6 percent from January with narrower spread

$1.42 to $1.71/doz. (Av. $1.62/doz.)

was $0.98 to $1.55 (Av. 1.27/doz.)

 

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

$2.73/doz. (was $2.48 Jan. 2019)

USDA 6-Region

High: NE

$2.86/doz. $2.94 (Jan.)

 

Low: NW

$2.52/doz. $2.14 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.














































































































































































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