Egg Industry Report - Jan 2017
For January 2017
D Tisclaimer: Information in this report does not reflect actual data. The projections presented in the report are based upon specific production standards and indicate historic and forecasted trends only.
Egg Production Standards
he projected national laying flock and potential cases of eggs produced per week are based on the standards as shown in Table 1:
1. Day-old Pullet Production
2 .033 million day-old pullets were produced in January 2017. This is a decrease of 77 126 (-3.7%) compared to December 2016 and an increase of 57 457 (+2.9%) pullets compared to January 2016 (Graph 1). Variations between consecutive months may be attributed in part to varying numbers of hatching days per month.
The weekly average number of day-old pullets hatched for January 2017 was 462 000. This is a month-on-month decrease of 17 529 (-3.7%) and a year-onyear decrease of 8 324 (-1.8%) pullets.
2. Point-of-lay Pullets
Atotal of 1.816 million layer replacement pullets were transferred to the laying flock during the month under review (Graph 2). Compared to the same month of the previous year this is an increase of 42 390 birds (+2.4%). The projected number of point-of-lay pullets to be transferred in April 2017 is 1.976 million.
3. Projected Laying Flock
Alaying flock of 24.322 million hens was projected for January 2017. This is a month-on-month decrease of 159 000 birds (-0.65%) and a year-on-year decrease of 467 600 hens (-1.9%). The projected number of laying hens for April 2017 is 24.264 million (Graph 3). The average flock size for 2017 is expected to be 2.0% smaller than it was in 2016.
4. Forecasted Egg Production
In January 2017 an average of 400 700 cases of eggs was produced per week (Graph 4); a monthly decrease of 1 100 cases (-0.3%). The average weekly egg production during January 2017 decreased by 5 900 cases (-1.4%) compared to January 2016. The rate of lay for the national flock for the month under review was estimated to be 84.70%. An average of 398 000 cases per week is expected for the year 2017; a decrease of 2.2% over 2016 volumes.
5. Marketable Eggs Per Grade
E gg grade-out is based on the following assumptions:
• The actual numbers of silver and brown type dayold pullets produced per week are used; • Under-grade eggs (Small + Dirties + Cracks) amount to approximately 6% of all eggs produced; and • Egg weight limits per grade as per grade-out regulations are applied.
The estimated grade-out for January 2017 was 4.3% J, 43.8% XL, 43.6% L and 8.3% M. The gradual shift towards the larger egg sizes is due to an increase in the proportion of brown-feathered strains in the national flock (Table 2).
6. Hen Depopulation
I n January 2017, 1.722 million old hens were due to be culled, along with 0.78 million broiler breeder cull hens.
7. Feed Usage
8 3 000 tons of layer feed were expected to be consumed during January 2017; 1 580 tonnes (-1.9%) less than in January 2016. An average g/hd intake of 111.1 was forecasted for the month (Graph 5). Feed conversion was estimated at 1.56 kg/dozen or 2.22 kg/kg.
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