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USDA DATA ON CAGE-FREE PRODUCTION

  

Feb 10, 2017

    

Based on the growing importance of cage-free production, the USDA-AMS issues a monthly report on volumes and prices for the information of Industry stakeholders.

EGG-CITE will summarize and comment on data and trends in a monthly Cage-Free Report, supplementing the information presented weekly in the Production and Pricing Report.

  

The report for the month of January 2017 issued on February 6th 2017 provides the following data:-

Flock Size (million hens)

January ‘17*       October ‘16

Certified Organic

14.1                 13.5

Cage-free hens

23.5                 17.0

Total non-caged

37.6                  30.5

*Unchanged from previous month suggesting that USDA is determining hen population quarterly.

Rate of lay   75.5 percent

Average weekly production (1,000 cases)

Certified Organic

206,996

Cage-free

344,993

Total non-caged

551,989

 

Average Wholesale Contract Price C-F, L. Brown

$1.58/doz. (was $1.64)

Range  (unchanged)

$1.30 to $1.95/doz

 

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

$2.94/doz

USDA 6-Region

High (S. West)

$4.04/doz.

 

Low (S’east)

$2.59/doz.