USDA DATA ON CAGE-FREE PRODUCTION

05/08/2019

Based on the importance of expanding 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 a significant increase in the cage-free flock. The question is raised whether it would not be more desirable to post accurate quarterly data in place of unconvincing sequential 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 April 2019 released on May 6 th 2019 documented a 4.6 percent increase of 0.7 million in flock size for hens hens producing under the Certified Organic seal. The National cage-free flock increased by 3.8 or 8.1 percent as compared to the value for March. 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 increased to 75.5 percent for both categories of non-caged hens (accepting USDA data) consistent with young flocks placed for the pre-Easter period.

Flock size '19 (million hens)

June

2019

May

2019

April

2019

March

2019

Sept. 2018 through Feb. 2019

August

2018

Certified Organic

   

15.7

15.0

15.7

15.7

Cage-free hens

   

50.7

46.9

41.5

39.1

Total non-caged

   

66.4

61.9

57.2

54.7

Average weekly production cases, April 2019

Certified Organic

230,279 (2189,589 March.)

Cage-free

743,849 (685,492 March)

Total non-caged

974,128 (905,081 March)

Average Wholesale Contract Price Cage-Free Brown

$1.56/doz. Unchanged since Nov. '18

Range unchanged at:

$1.15 to $2.10/doz.

FOB Negotiated price, grade quality nest- run, loose

Average down 19.1 percent from March with narrower spread

$1.08 to $1.25/doz. (Av. $1.19/doz.)

was $1.42 to $1.71 (Av. 1.62/doz.)

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

$2.68/doz.  (was $2.63 March. 2019)

USDA 6-Region

High: NW

$2.50/doz. $2.77 (NE.)

 

Low: SC

$2.40/doz. $3.07 NE.

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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