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 for a specific month. It is questioned is 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 May 2019 released on June 3 rd 2019 documented a 0.6 percent increase of 0.1 million in flock size for hens hens producing under the Certified Organic seal. The National cage-free flock increased by 0.2 million or 0.4 percent as compared to the value for April. 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 retained from April at 75.5 percent for both categories of non-caged hens (accepting USDA data).
|Flock size 2019 (million hens)||June
|Sept. 2018 through Feb. 2019||August
|Average weekly production cases, May 2019|
|Certified Organic||231,630 (230,279 April.)|
|Cage-free||747,196 (743,849 March)|
|Total non-caged||978,826 (974,128 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||Value of $0.31/doz. Unrealistic.
To be re-stated in July report
|Average Advertised National Retail Price C-F, L, Brown||$2.49/doz. (was $2.68 April 2019)|
|USDA 6-Region||High: SE||$2.63/doz. $2.50 (NW.)|
|Low: SW||$2.45/doz. $2.40 (SC.)|
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.