Millions of Americans enjoy eggs for breakfast. But how many Americans know how many eggs are produced each year, or what the world record is for omelette-making? In this blog, we’ll feed your curiosity and hopefully leave you with a greater appreciation for egg production.
Egg Production and Consumptions
Top States for Egg Production, 2018
According to United Egg Producers, “The five largest shell egg-producing states are home to approximately 45 percent of all laying hens in the U.S., and the top 10 states comprise 64.8% of egg production.”
Housing Environments and Changes in Production Practices
Egg producers in the U.S. are responding to the demands of consumers for cage-free and organic eggs. In March 2019, there were 16.9 million Certified Organic hens, 43.8 million Cage-free hens, and 2375.4 million conventional laying hens. The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service projects that by 2026, 71% of U.S. hens must be in cage-free production to meet demand. In March 2019, only 13.3% of hens were raised in cage-free environments.
Utilization of Eggs Produced in the U.S.
According to data from the USDA, eggs produced in the U.S. in 2018 were utilized in a variety of ways:
* One case is 30 dozen eggs.
** Further Processing refers to eggs used for products in foodservice, manufacturing, retail and export.