Flocks statistics for June 2009, circulated on August 15 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 or 6.4 billion dozen or 212.9 million cases
  • Six month average U.S. hen week production = 75.3%
  • Average U.S. cost of production in July 2009 = 57.5¢
  • Average mid-month egg price (c/doz) mid-July = 55.9¢
  • 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¢/doz.

The major trends in comparing current values to 2008 include:

  • 19% decrease in average U.S. feed cost
  • 13.5% decrease in feed cost per 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 (98.5c/doz to 60.9c/doz)
  • 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

The full report can be obtained from Don Bell at don.bell@ucr.edu.