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"Demand for eggs is highly
inelastic in the U.S.," O'Keefe said.
"There are numerous examples
over time that demonstrate that it
takes very little change in supply to
result in major changes in price. My
expectation is that, once supply of
cage-free eggs stabilizes, per capita
consumption won't decrease. Eggs
will still be a relatively inexpensive
form of high-quality protein."
O'Keefe wrote an article in
2016 about a farm that converted

from high rise to cage-free
housing. The Henning construction folks estimated then that the
cost for typical houses to range
from $28-33 per bird. "Remember,
you must convert the pullet
houses as well," he said.

Looking ahead:
Less than half of hens
cage free by 2025
The U.S. Department of
Agriculture's Cage-Free Shell Egg

report released December 3, 2018,
estimates the total U.S. cage-free
layer flock (non-organic cage-free
layers plus the certified organic
cage-free layers) was 57.16 million.
The December 2018 USDA Chicken
& Egg report estimates the total U.S.
table egg population at around 325
million hens, which puts the current
cage-free layer flock at 17.6% of the
U.S. total flock. It is estimated that
less than 1% of U.S. hens are housed
in enriched cages.
Thirty-one egg producers
provided their estimates of how
they think hens in the U.S. will
be housed in 2025. The average of
the responses was 55, 2 and 43%
in conventional cages, enriched
cages and cage free, respectively.
The responses for the%age of hens
housed cage free in the U.S. in
2025 ranged from a low of 20%
to a high of 100% and the median
response was 40%.
Egg producers have been asked
how they thought U.S. hens would
be housed in the Top Egg company
Survey every year since the 2015
survey. The expected%age of U.S.
hens which would be housed cage
free in 2025 jumped from 14 in
the 2015 survey to 41% in 2016.
The prediction for cage-free hen
housing has remained in the midto low-40% range over the last
three surveys.
Egg Industry Center economists
estimated 223 million cage-free
hens needed by end of 2026 to meet
purchase pledges. ■
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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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