Reports of both feed price increases and decreases have been reported in the organic sector since last month. Overall, a £5 per tonne price increase has been included this month, so that the average now stands at around £441 per tonne or £24.48 per bird.
Some pullet price reductions have been reported this month and as a result, the average price has returned to £5.64 per bird as it was two months ago. Overall, the average cost of production has increased by 26 pence and now stands at £45.16 per bird for a 60 week laying cycle.
£ per bird
Repairs and maintenance 0.28
Land rental 0.34
Range management 0.13
Dead bird disposal 0.06
Veterinary and animal health 0.19
Pest and vermin control 0.05
House clean down 0.62
Vehicle and fuel 0.06
Bank charges and accountancy 0.23
Egg printing consumables 0.04
Disinfectants and others 0.13
Depreciation and interest charges – buildings and equipment 6.59
Average Organic Egg Price
Some price reductions have been reported this month in the packer-to-producer price for organic eggs. As a result, the average egg price has now been reduced by one penny to £1.59 per dozen.
Production costs are based on a 3,000 bird flock producing organic eggs in static housing, purchasing pullets at 16 weeks of age. Costs will differ for smaller flocks, mobile housing and for farms rearing their own replacement pullets.