Las Vegas Egg Producer Talks About Sky-High Egg Prices
By TheNevadaGlobeStaff, January 18, 2023 4:52 am
LAS VEGAS, Nev. (702 Times, NV Globe) – The Las Vegas Farm’s creator and owner is quite proud of her birds and the eggs they produce. Sharon Linsenbardt recently displayed her hen coop while removing a few eggs that had just been deposited from a hen.
“They’re still warm and beautiful eggs,” said Linsenbardt.
According to Linsenbardt, her egg business started more than 50 years ago when neighbors would observe her birds from a distance.
“And I’d sell them a little bag of eggs. And the next thing you know they’d be back at my gate, and they’d have their neighbor and their mother, their cousins,” she said.
But a lot has changed over time, particularly in terms of egg prices. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the price of eggs increased by more than 18% between November 2022 and December 2022. According to the article, eggs cost about $1.40 per dozen in 2019 but are now up to $4.25.
To comprehend what has been going on, according to Linsenbardt, one must look back a few years.
She claims that the way huge egg producers housed their hens altered as a result of new government rules.
“At the end of the day all the farmers had a huge cost to make new facilities for their birds,” said Linsenbardt.
She claims that a significant epidemic of the avian flu in hens in 2015 negatively impacted supplies.
“Anytime you have that kind of a problem, you might not lose every bird in the nation, but you lose 50 to 60 million, that’s a big deal.” Said Linsenbardt.
Inflation is causing additional Avian Flu outbreaks, which is driving up the cost of eggs even more.
According to Linsenbardt, she feeds all of her farm animals for about $9000 each month. however, just a few years ago, they were paid only three or four thousand dollars. She claims that her electricity cost has increased as well. She has had to hike the price of eggs as a result of everything.
“I had to bring mine up $2 a dozen. I’ve been at $6 a dozen for years. I’ve had to kick it up to 8,” she said.
According to Linsenbart, she is aware that rising egg costs are difficult for some individuals to handle. enquired with her regarding pricing rises. She claims that she cannot compete on price with major egg producers. She claims that purchasing non-GMO-produced eggs is one of the expenses she has. She does not use petroleum-based products to rinse them. She also claims to spend a lot of money on precautions to keep her hens contained and prevent them from coming into contact with wild ducks, geese, and other birds that may be carriers of the avian flu.
She also claims that not all local vendors have the same rights and authorizations to sell eggs as she has.
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