Egg Industry - February 2018 - 11
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THE WORLD'S LEADING EGG PRODUCERS
Survey. In the 2018 survey, the top five egg producers
controlled the output of 36 percent of the survey's hens.
The amount of the country's hens housed by the top 10
egg producers has increased from 50 percent in 2015 to
53 percent in 2018.
Disaster losses in 2017
Fire and storms caused some significant losses
of housing and birds for U.S. egg producers in 2017.
On April 4, 2017, Opal Foods suffered significant
losses because of a storm that hit its egg operations
in Neosho, Missouri. The company lost three poultry
houses to straight-line winds. An estimated 600,000
chickens inside those houses were also lost. It was
estimated that it will cost about US$2.4 million to replace the lost structures and an additional US$4 million to replace the lost hens.
Hillandale Farms lost a barn and more than 100,000
hens in a fire that occurred July 1, 2017, at a company
facility in Tyrone Township, Pennsylvania. Hi-Grade Egg
Producers facilities near North Manchester, Indiana, were
damaged by fire on October 2, 2017. More than 1 million
of the 2.7 million hens on the site died in the egg farm
fire. Hi-Grade Egg Producers is operated by Midwest
Poultry Services, and the company has announced its intentions to rebuild. ■
THE TOP 10 EGG producers in the U.S. control
53 percent of the hens in the 2018 Top Egg
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