Egg farmers face tough times as drought leads to spike in production costs
Egg farmers are being hit hard as feed grain prices
nearly doubled in the last six months due to the widespread drought, slashing
producers farmgate returns by more than 20 per cent.
Egg Farmers of Australia chief executive John Dunn said
he saw feed prices rise by 40 per cent since February.
He said feed was a significant portion of the cost of producing
eggs, accounting for more than half the cost a farmer would spend.
"I think in February feed was selling for about $250
a tonne and today, you are looking at $450," Mr Dunn said.
"For a standard 700 grams of a dozen eggs that
means, to get those 12 eggs into the carton, farmers are having to spend 20-30
per cent more.
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