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and animal feed industries.
on August 17, 2009

Latest egg industry values released

Per capita egg consumption for 2009 estimated at 249.5.

Flock statistics for June 2009, circulated on August 15, 2009 in a  report from Don Bell, included the following key egg industry values:
 
• Estimated 2009 year-end complement = 277.2 million table egg layers
• July 1, 2009 hen complement  = 276.2 million producing birds (excludes hens in molt).
• Proportion of U.S. flock undergoing molt on July 1 = 3.4%
• Proportion of U.S. flock completed molt July 1 = 20.2%
• Total table eggs produced in June = 6,285 million
• Projected 2009 total production = 76.7 billion eggs
• Six month average U.S. hen week production = 75.3%
• Average U.S. cost of production in July 2009 = 57.5 cents
• Average mid-month egg price (cents/dozen) mid-July = 55.9 cents
• Proportion of U.S. eggs broken through June 2009 = 30.8%
• 2009 estimate of per capita egg consumption = 249.5
• Exports of table eggs in shell form, January-May 2009 = 0.89% of U.S. production
• Export of egg products January-May 2009 = 1.36% of U.S. production
• Proportion of exports in relation to total U.S. production January-May 2009 = 2.25%
• U.S. average feed cost January-July 2009 $207.40/ton = 59.4 cents/dozen 
 
The major trends in comparing current values to 2008 include:
 
• 19% decrease in average U.S. feed cost
• 13.5% decrease in feed cost/dozen
• 2.4% decrease in shell eggs broken under federal inspection year-to-date
• 37.6% decline in average monthly egg price over seven months, year-to-date (98.5 cents/dozen to 60.9 cents/dozen)
• 1.3% increase in average U.S. rate of lay from 74.3% to 75.3% over six months of 2009
• Virtually static average table egg flock comparing the average with the first six months of 2008 and 2009 respectively
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