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BY T E R R E N C E O ' K E E F E

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US is adding table egg
laying hens faster
than people
The growth of the human population in the U.S. has slowed significantly since
the 1990s, when the average annual increase was 1.24%. The Census Bureau
estimates that, throughout the past three years, the U.S. population has only increased at an annual rate of 0.65%. But
U.S. egg producers haven't slowed the
rate of expansion of the table egg layer
flock, which increased at an average
annual rate of 3% over the past three
years, according to U.S. Department
of Agriculture estimates. Per capita
disappearance of eggs has increased in
this three-year period, but not at consistently profitable prices.
U.S. egg producers have increased
the total number of cage-free birds -
which includes organic, free range and
The cage-free layer expansion underway in
regular cage free - that they housed in
the U.S. is creating an oversupply situation
the past three years from 37.6 million
for eggs of all types and will lead to volatile
head in December 2016 to 70.8 million
egg prices. digitalista | Bigstock.com
head in December 2019. During the
same three-year period, the total number of table egg layers has increased from 311.6 million head to 340.5 million
head. This means that, as U.S. egg producers added 33.2 million head of cagefree hens, the number of cage-housed hens only declined by 4.3 million head.
U.S. egg producers are going to have a very rough decade if they don't reduce cage-housed hen placements by around the same amount that they add
cage-free placements. The human population in the U.S. is growing at a slower
rate, and higher retail egg prices in states that go entirely cage free will have a
negative impact on egg sales volume. Couple all of this with what figures to be
wild swings in demand for cage-free eggs as legislation enforcement dates arrive and in supply as new cage-free facilities come online, this figures to be a
bumpy decade for egg producers. ■

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Egg Industry - February 2020
Ranking the largest US egg-producing companies in 2020
Additional cage-free hens increase total US hen flock
Top 20 US egg producers in 2020
Midwest Poultry Federation Convention 2020: Poultry’s future
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Egg Industry - February 2020 - Ranking the largest US egg-producing companies in 2020
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