South Africa Apparently Short of Egg Products

12/12/2017

The recent outbreak of H5N8 avian influenza has obviously impacted the South African egg industry. Data released by the South African Poultry Association indicates a total of 24 million layers in the Nation. If as many as 2 million have been depleted, it is possible that there would be shortages in the availability of egg liquid, since the South African industry operates with a hen population balanced to demand, and the restraints associated with short-term replacement of mature hens would result in shortages.

The American Egg Board received a trade inquiry from a trader for 40 metric tons of egg yolk powder. In round figures, this would represent 2.5 million eggs or 3.1 million hen-production days or the monthly output of 100,000 hens, which is not regarded as a significant quantity.

 

(SMS 2,018-17 December 12 2017)














































































































































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