That outbreak sent egg prices skyward, but the number of laying hens nationally is now approaching pre-flu levels. As a result, U.S.D.A. economist Annemarie Kuhns says retail egg prices are dropping.
Kuhns says, “Really, what we’ve been seeing is just, we’re expecting a recovery more quickly than we initially anticipated, a recovery from the highly-pathogenic avian influenza last year.” She says the U.S.D.A. expects retail egg prices to fall nine-to-ten-percent this year compared to the average 2015 price.
Some 34-million birds on 77 Iowa farms had to be destroyed after contracting the virus last year.
Thanks to Amy Mayer, Iowa Public Radio