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USDA DATA ON CAGE-FREE PRODUCTION

01/06/2020

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 individual monthly flock numbers especially with reports that show either no change or a significant increase in the cage-free flock for a specific month. It is suggested that a quarterly report with more accurate and consistent data would be suitable for the industry.

 

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 December 2019 released on January 6th 2020 documented a static population of hens producing under the Certified Organic seal and for generic cage-free production (Accepting USDA data). 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 held at 76.3 percent for both categories of non-caged hens reflecting younger flocks placed in anticipation of the Christmas market.

 

Flock size 2019 December November

(million hens)

October

September

June through

August

   

Certified Organic 16.2 16.2

16.1

15.8

15.8

   

Cage-free hens 54.6 54.6

54.2

52.7

51.3

   

Total non-caged 70.8 70.8

70.3

68.5

67.1

   

 

Average weekly production cases, December and November 2019

Certified Organic

240,580 (237,309 Oct.)

Cage-free

809,417 (798,439 Oct.)

Total non-caged

1,049,997 (1,35,748 Oct)

Average Wholesale Contract Price Cage-Free Brown

$1.53/doz. ($1.53 Sept. through Nov.)

Range:

$1.15 to $2.10/doz.

FOB Negotiated price, grade quality nest-run, loose

Price range $1.17 to $1.26 per dozen

Average Value of $1.16/doz. (was $1.21 Nov.)

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

$2.76/doz. (was $2.67 Nov. 2019)

USDA 6-Regions

High: NE

$3.07/doz. $3.05 (NE.)

 

Low: SC

$2.50/doz. $2.45 (MW.)

Subscribers are referred 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.