JANUARY 2008 v olume 113 number 1
Producers Less Optimistic on 2008 Prices 1
Crystal Ball Has 2008 Looking Like Another Profitable Year 6
Managing the Watering System to Improve
Commercial Layer Performance 10
Delmarva Meeting Highlights Latest in Research 14
Industry News 16
No Major Break in Feed Costs Likely 18
Industry Calendar 21
Producers Less Optimistic
on 2008 Prices
More Producers Predict Decrease for Shell Egg Prices in 2008
Stay the same
The above chart shows that most producers surveyed look for a softening of egg prices
Producers are less optimistic on
shell egg prices than they were a
year ago. Nearly half, 47.2 percent, look for shell egg prices to decrease in 2008, yet about 30 percent
still look for prices to increase, according to Egg Industry’s annual survey conducted last month.
Producers are more optimistic on
prices for liquid eggs, further processed products, and specialty egg
products, however. More than a third,
36.7 percent, look for liquid egg prices to increase, 26.7 percent anticipate
a decrease in prices, while 36.7 percent expect prices to stay the same.
On further processed products, 44.4
percent look for prices to stay the
same, 33.3 percent say prices will increase, while 22. 2 percent anticipate a
When it comes to organic eggs,
60.2 percent expect a price increase
in 2008, less than 10 percent look for
a price decrease, while 30.3 percent
say prices will stay the same. And on
cage-free eggs, 54.5 percent look for
a price increase, 9.1 percent expect a
price decrease, and 36.4 percent say
prices will stay the same.
More than half of those surveyed
say layer numbers will increase in
2008, only 3 percent say numbers
will decrease, with 45.5 percent saying layer numbers will stay the same.
Twenty-five percent say they expanded production through new construction over the past 12 months, while
75 percent say they did not. And 11.1
percent acquired other operations in
2007, while 88.9 percent did not.
There was a shake-up in topics producers rank as most important this
year. While overproduction (too many
birds) ranked top in producer concerns last year, in this year’s survey,
bird welfare topped the list, followed
by overproduction, environmental issues, price discovery issues, and capital availability.
—Edward Clark, Editor