USDA DATA ON CAGE-FREE PRODUCTION

01/11/2019

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 erratic quarterly figures with similar 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 December 2018 released on January 7th 2018 documented constant flock sizes in hens producing under the Certified Organic seal and for cage-free flocks as compared to the values for September through November 2018. 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 rose to 75.75 percent for both categories of non-caged hens (accepting USDA data):-

Flock size '18 (million hens)

May

June

July

Aug.

Sept.

Oct. Nov. Dec.

Certified Organic

15.6

15.6

15.6

15.6

15.7

15.7 15.7 15.7

Cage-free hens

38.9

39.1

39.1

39.1

41.4

41.5 41.5 41.5

Total non-caged

54.5

54.7

54.7

54.7

57.1

57.2 57.2 57.2

Average weekly production cases, December 2018 Δ

Certified Organic

231,042 was 230,279 Nov. +0.3%

Cage-free

610,819 was 608,803 Nov. +0.3%

Total non-caged

841,861 was 839,082 Nov. +0.3%

Average Wholesale Contract Price Cage-Free Brown

$1.56/doz. Unchanged from Nov.

Range unchanged at:

$1.15 to $2.10/doz. (Av. $1.41/doz)

FOB Negotiated price, grade quality nest- run, loose

Average up 19 percent from November with narrower spread

$1.20 to $1.51/doz. (Av. $1.36/doz)

was $1.20 to $1.51 (Av. 1.36/doz.)

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

$2.47/doz. (was $2.96 November)

USDA 6-Region

High: NE

$2.76/doz. $3.47 (Nov.)

 

Low: SC

$2.24/doz. $2.68 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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