USDA DATA ON SEPTEMBER CAGE-FREE PRODUCTION

10/05/2020

EGG-NEWS summarizes and comments on data and trends in the monthly USDA Cage-Free Report, summarizing the information posted weekly in the EGG-NEWS Egg WeeklyPrice and Inventory Report.

 

The USDA Cage Free Report for the month of September 2020 released on October 5th 2020 documented a 9.6 percent increase in the population of hens producing under the Certified Organic seal at 17.2 million, up 1.5 million from the average in Q2 2020. Cage free flocks were up 2.1 percent compared to Q2 representing an increase of 1.3 million. 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 reduced to 78.5 percent for August for both categories of non-caged hens reflecting the balance between older flocks and the higher relative production from chicks placed during April and May 2020.

Flock size

(million hens) September

2020

July & August

2020

Av. Q2

2020

Av. Q1

 2020

Certified Organic 17.2

15.8

15.7

15.7

Cage-free hens 62.8

63.0

61.5

56.3

Total non-caged 80.0

78.8

77.2

72.0

Average weekly production (cases). August September 2020

Certified Organic

248,278 261,722 +5.4%

Cage-free

989,659 959,061 -3.1%

Total non-caged

1,237,937 1,220,783 -1.4%

 

Average Wholesale Contract Price Cage-Free Brown

$1.51/doz. ($1.53 Sept.’19 through Aug‘20)

Range:

$1.15 to $1.90/doz

FOB Negotiated price, grade quality, nest-run, loose

Price range $0.70 to $1.51 per dozen

Average Value of $1.06/doz. (was $0.80 Aug.)

 

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

$2.63/doz. (was $2.63 Aug. 2020)

USDA 6-Regions

High: SW.

$2.92/doz. $2.97 (SC.)

Low: MW. & SC.

$2.39/doz. $2.22 (SW.)

 

Based on the importance of cage-free production, the USDA-AMS issues their report on volumes and prices at monthly intervals for the information of Industry stakeholders. There is some doubt as to the accuracy of the individual monthly flock numbers especially when reports show either no change in the cage-free flock for sequential months or a large difference for the preceding month usually after the end of a quarter. It is suggested that USDA consider a quarterly report with more accurate and consistent data to be more useful to the industry.

 

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.










































































































































































































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