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USDA DATA ON CAGE-FREE PRODUCTION

  

Apr 6, 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 March 2017 released on April 3rd 2017 provides the following data:-

Flock Size (million hens)

February ‘17*       March ‘17

Certified Organic

13.5                 14.5

Cage-free hens

23.5                26.1

Total non-caged

 37.0                40.6

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

Rate of lay   74.3 percent

 

Average weekly production (1,000 cases)

Certified Organic

209.344

Cage-free

376,819

Total non-caged

586,163

 

Average Wholesale Contract Price C-F, L. Brown

$1.64/doz. (unchanged)

Range  (unchanged)

$1.45 to $2.00/doz

 

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

$2.90/doz

USDA 6-Region

High (S. West)

$3.14/doz.

 

Low (S’east)

$2.82/doz.