September 22, 2016
USDA publishes monthly report on cage-free egg market
The US Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service has started publishing a monthly report covering the cage-free shell egg market. This new monthly report, initially published this month, includes wholesale price information for cage-free shell eggs traded on a contract basis and negotiated spot market basis.
In addition, the report includes retail feature price information for extra-large and large-sized cage-free shell eggs, and information for both brown and white eggs. This information is collected from weekly retail advertised specials from over 29,000 retail stores across the US.
The report also provides information on cage-free shell egg estimated production in the US, based off of organic and cage-free flock size estimates collected by LPGMN (Livestock, Poultry and Grain Market News). These flock size estimates are coupled with estimated egg laying rates from the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) to calculate the current estimated weekly production of both organic and non-organic cage-free eggs
This new monthly report will be released on the first Monday of each month, and can be accessed directly at www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/pymcagefree.pdf.