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TRENDS, STATISTICS AND PREDICTIONS

Prop 12 impact on cage-free production
Cage-free layers are 17.6%
of the U.S. total.
California makes up 12.4%
of the U.S. human population.

If we assume that California eats cage-free eggs at the same
rate as the U.S. population, then going to 100% cage free will
increase California's cage-free egg needs by:

X
39.54 million
people in
California

X
.824 (% of current
cage-produced
egg sales)

325 million
people in
the U.S.

composed of a combination of company-submitted information and estimates made based on input from publicly
reported information and industry sources. The USDA
Chicken & Egg Report released December 22, 2018, estimated the U.S. table egg laying flock to be 330.95 million
hens on December 1, 2018.

Year over year
The level of concentration of the U.S. egg industry hasn't
changed much in the past five years. In the 2015 survey,
the top five egg producers controlled the output of 34%
of the hens reported in the Top Egg Company Survey. In
the 2019 survey, the top five egg producers controlled the
output of 36% of the survey's hens. The amount of the
country's hens housed by the top 10 egg producers has
increased from 50% in 2015 to 52.5% in 2019.
There has been very little change in the proportion of the
nation's layer flock controlled by the top 20 producers in the
past five years; in 2015 it was 72.0% versus 72.5% in 2019.
In the 2015 survey, the top five egg producers controlled
the output of 34% of the hens reported in the Top Egg
Company Survey. In the 2019 survey, the top five egg
producers controlled the output of 36% of the survey's hens.

Converting layer housing from
cages to cage free
325 million hens in the U.S.

=

32.6 million more cage-free hens needed to
service 100% cage-free eggs for California
Source: ©WATT Global Media 2019

Going to 100% cage free will increase California's
cage-free egg needs by approximately 32.6 million more
cage-free hens.

Cage-free layers are afforded more space per bird than are
hens housed in conventional or enriched cages. However,
survey respondents report that housing for 3.22 million
head of cage-housed hens was converted to housing for
4.07 million head of cage-free hens in 2018. This is likely
the result of conversion of pit houses to cage free, where
the in-house manure storage area under the cages is
utilized for cage-free housing in addition to the area of the
house where the cages were placed.
Survey respondents report intentions to convert 4.57
million head of cage housing to cage-free housing for 5.37
million layers in 2019.

New housing construction
Survey respondents report adding new buildings to house
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Egg Industry - May 2019
7 cage-free layer nutrition issues that require attention
Feeding for success in cage-free egg production
Top Egg Company trends, statistics and predictions
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Egg Industry - May 2019 - Feeding for success in cage-free egg production
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