Egg Industry - January 2018 - 6
6 ❙ EggIndustry
3 questions facing US egg
producers in 2018
While in the midst of a major expansion in cage-free layer housing,
the US egg industry faces questions regarding whether demand for
eggs in general is really increasing, if grain
prices will decline further and what the impact
would be of a renegotiated NAFTA agreement.
Wholesale egg prices in the
U.S. returned to profitable levels
for egg producers in fall 2017.
The laying hen losses from the
2015 highly pathogenic avian
influenza outbreak led to record
high egg prices in the U.S. The
record profits and the cage-free
purchase pledges made by retail
and restaurant chains led to a
significant expansion in total
layer numbers in the U.S. in
general and cage-free layers,
in particular. Wholesale egg
in the late
early summer 2016.
much will egg
production increase in 2018?
The Egg Industry Center's
December 6, 2017, Flock Trends
and Projections report estimated
that the U.S. layer flock would total
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