AUSTRALIA - An egg shortage being felt across Victoria is to be expected now that the state is gripped by winter weather, says the Victorian Farmers Federation.
“This is a natural, seasonal variation caused by a drop in the volume of eggs produced by hens, who are feeling the cold,” VFF Egg Group President Brian Ahmed said.
“It’s mainly affecting the free range sector because those hens are out in the cold, as opposed to cage or barn hens which are housed in temperature controlled sheds.
“We’ve seen an increased demand for the free range product in recent years, which is why consumers are starting to notice the shortage of these eggs.”
Mr Ahmed said that while the egg shortage is a natural occurrence, the growing demand for free range products could lead to problems maintaining consistent egg supplies into the future.
“Victorians are used to consistent egg availability, and with more retailers promoting free range products it’s likely this seasonal shortage will continue in years to come,” Mr Ahmed said.
“Farmers are doing everything they can to minimise the impact of this natural variation in production by taking care of their hens.
“We work hard to ensure that hens are well cared for, well fed and not exposed to extreme weather.”
The VFF recommends that consumers having difficulty sourcing eggs should continue to check local supermarkets regularly as eggs are restocked most days. Consumers can also check their local grocery store or at wholesale egg stores.ThePoultrySite News Desk