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WHY EUROPEAN EGG PRODUCTION MAY BE FLAT IN 2018

European laying hens by
rearing method, 2016
Enriched cages

55.9%

25.6%
Free range 3.9%
Organic 4.5%
Barn

Source: European Commission
arkela.Fotolia

Enriched cages are the main production system
across the European Union. However, their use
is expected to decline as cage eggs are being
increasingly rejected. Watt Global Media
short term, but demand quickly recovered and, with
several producers suspended from the market, this
represented opportunities for others.
In France, the EU's largest egg producer, for example, during August and September, saw demand
for locally produced eggs rise by 25 percent at the
retail level and by 49 percent from the food industry.
Whether a preference for locally produced eggs will
be sustained throughout 2018 remains to be seen.
Despite these difficulties, when the EU is considered as a whole, egg production is still thought to
have been slightly higher
in 2017 than in 2016.
The European egg sector may have largely recov-

ered from the contamination scare, ending 2017 with
total output slightly higher. Prices can be expected
to return to more normal levels, but other challenges
may affect producers as the year unfolds.

Disease challenge
The threat of avian influenza remains. Between
September 1 and November 15, 2017, Europe recorded 48 outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N8 in
poultry flocks, and nine outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza were found in wild birds.
Additionally, over the same period, several outbreaks were ongoing, reports the European Food
Safety Authority. Worryingly, it notes that the disease
had, in some countries, been spread through a lack
of adherence to biosecurity protocols, suggesting that
some producers will need to invest in upgrading their
procedures to minimize exposure to risk.

Healthy environment?
The European economy enters 2018 in a healthy
position, with growth forecasts for the Euro area,
which comprises 19 of the European Union's 28
member states, ranging from 2.1 to 2.4 percent, and
inflation forecast to fall to 1.4 percent. Employment
is also improving, which should boost consumer
confidence.
However, against this positive backdrop, and in
addition to potential disease challenges, European
producers are facing other challenges and obstacles.
The tortuous road to Brexit may delay investment
decisions and an eventual agreement may see trade
flows disrupted.
Despite the U.K. being one of Europe's larger egg
producers, the country is only 85 percent self-sufficient in eggs and egg products. In 2016, for example,

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Poultry International - March 2018

Poultry International - March 2018
Contents
Editor’s Comment
News
Brazilian poultry industry outlook positive for 2018
Why European egg production may be flat in 2018
VIV Europe to address challenges for food, ag sectors
Moy Park opens UK’s largest single-build hatchery
French chicken farmer shares antibiotic-free success
3 animal antibiotics, human health risk questions answered
Tips for feeding chickens in a start-up poultry business
How to optimize chicken feather plucking during processing
Products
Marketplace
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Poultry International - March 2018 - Cover2
Poultry International - March 2018 - Contents
Poultry International - March 2018 - Editor’s Comment
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Poultry International - March 2018 - News
Poultry International - March 2018 - 5
Poultry International - March 2018 - Brazilian poultry industry outlook positive for 2018
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Poultry International - March 2018 - Why European egg production may be flat in 2018
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Poultry International - March 2018 - VIV Europe to address challenges for food, ag sectors
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Poultry International - March 2018 - Moy Park opens UK’s largest single-build hatchery
Poultry International - March 2018 - 17
Poultry International - March 2018 - French chicken farmer shares antibiotic-free success
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Poultry International - March 2018 - 3 animal antibiotics, human health risk questions answered
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Poultry International - March 2018 - Tips for feeding chickens in a start-up poultry business
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Poultry International - March 2018 - How to optimize chicken feather plucking during processing
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