USDA DATA ON DECEMBER CAGE-FREE PRODUCTION

01/04/2021

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

 

The USDA Cage Free Report for the month of December 2020 released on January 4th 2021 documented no material change in the population of hens producing under the Certified Organic seal at 17.2 million. Cage free flocks totaled 62.6 million fractionally down from November  (rounded to 0.1 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.  It is evident that a high proportion of organic and cage-free eggs are down-priced to the generic category when comparing Nielsen retail sales data with potential production based on hen numbers.

 

Average flock production was raised to 80.8 percent in December for both categories of non-caged hens reflecting younger flocks but not materially increasing the availability of cage-free and organic eggs combined. Average flock production represents a balance between older flocks and the higher relative production from pullet chicks placed during June and July 2020 and molted hens resuming production during the month.

 

Flock size             Dec.      Av. Q4

(million hens)                       2020

Av. Q3

2020

Av. Q2

2020

Av. Q1

2020

Certified Organic   17.2        17.2

16.2

15.7

15.7

Cage-free hens       62.6        62.8

62.9

61.5

56.3

Total non-caged     79.8        80.0

79.1

77.2

72.0

Average weekly production (cases)

November

December

Certified Organic

   268,390

   269,224  + 0.3%

Cage-free

   984,701

   983,441    -0.1%

Total non-caged

1,253,091

1,252,665   <0.1%

 

Average Whole Contact Price Cage-Free Brown

$1.51/doz.   ($.51 Sept. to Nov. 2020)

Range:

$1.15 to $1.90/doz.   (unchanged from Nov.)

FOB Negotiated price, grade quality, nest-run.  Loose

Price range $1.15 to $1.94 per dozen

Average Value of $1.38/doz. (was $1.42 Nov.)

 






































































































































































































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