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USDA DATA ON CAGE-FREE PRODUCTION

11/05/2018

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 some doubt as to the accuracy of the monthly flock numbers and the question is raised whether it would be more desirable to post 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-NEWS Egg Weekly Price and Inventory Report.

The USDA Cage Free Report for the month of October 2018 released on November 2nd 2018 documented constant flock sizes in hens producing under the Certified Organic seal and for cage-free flocks as compared to September 2018. Organic and cage-free egg production were down <0.1 percent from September. 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 remained at 75.3 percent for both categories of non-caged hens (accepting USDA data):-

Flock size '18 (million hens)

May

June

July

Aug.

Sept.

Oct.

Certified Organic

15.6

15.6

15.6

15.6

15.7

15.7

Cage-free hens

38.9

39.1

39.1

39.1

41.4

41.5

Total non-caged

54.5

54.7

54.7

54.7

57.1

57.2

Average weekly production cases, October 2018 Δ

Certified Organic

229,517 was 229,356 Sept. < -0.1%

Cage-free

606,787 was 606,304 Sept. < -0.1%

Total non-caged

836,304 was 835,660 Sept. < -0.1%

Average Wholesale Contract Price Cage-Free Brown

$1.56/doz. Down 3 cents/doz. From Sept.

Range unchanged at:

$1.15 to $2.10/doz. (Av. $1.56/doz)

FOB Negotiated price, grade quality nest- run, loose

Average up 0.9 percent from September with narrower spread

$1.02 to $1.37/doz. (Av. $1.14/doz)

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

$2.62/doz. (was $2.55 September)

USDA 6-Region

High: NE

$2.96/doz. $2.74 SW

 

Low: MW

$2.19/doz. $2.24 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.