In the early 1900s, most egg farms were found in backyards and supplied only their families. Over time selling eggs became profitable and larger farms began to spring up supplying more eggs. Indoor egg farming helped reduce the spread of disease and with improved feeding practices, both hen and egg production improved.
Studies were done and improvements on housing continued to improve both the health of the hens and increased egg production. In the 1960s, there was a shift from small farm flocks to larger commercial farm operations. Increased automation led to reduced labor costs and in turn a price reduction for eggs to consumers.
Today, there are over 300 million hens in the United States that will produce around 80 billion eggs a year. Egg producers have been able to keep prices low for the consumer and at the same time produce one of nature’s highest protein foods.
The Mississippi Egg Marketing Board works to expand the market for Mississippi produced eggs. Many of the Mississippi Egg Marketing Board’s efforts help to educate the public on the nutritional value and cost effectiveness of eggs in consumers’ diet.