Egg Industry - June 2018 - 20
20 ❙ EggIndustry
CONVERTING TO CAGE-FREE EGGS
normal trade situation," he said.
Since cage-free eggs are costlier to
produce, if the U.S. egg industry converts to cage free, then it will lose its
low-cost position in the world market.
This means that the typical U.S. egg
export volume will decrease.
Ibarburu projected that there
would be 5 to 6 million more layers
in the U.S. at the end of 2018 than
at the start of the year. This will
depend on market conditions. From
2011 to 2014, the industry saw an
increase in flock numbers like what
Ibarburu predicts this year.
Another thing to ponder when
analyzing the change in production
is the productivity level of each lay-
er. Every year, we are increasing the
productivity of a layer about 1.1 egg
in a lifetime, Ibarburu explained.
Molt and age also effect the U.S.
flock average performance.
2025 or 2026. Some egg producers are now committed to going
100 percent cage free. A total of
223 million cage-free layers will
be needed by 2026 to meet the
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Impact of the housing
situation, going forward
Stating late in 2015, many
restaurant chains and retailers announced they would shift their egg
purchases to 100 percent cage free
by some future year, generally by
purchase pledges. The industry is
currently transitioning to a cage-free
industry at about half the rate that
would be needed to meet the pledges
by 2026, Ibarburu explained.
In the last two years, 21.4 million
layers have been transitioned to cage
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