The purpose of the statistics on egg production is to describe the quantity and value of eggs produced in Denmark. The statistics on eggs have a long history and date back to the 20th century. Since 1955, the statistics have been compiled on the same basis as is used today. From 1996 and onwards, the production of consumer eggs divided into production forms: i.e. eggs from caged hens, barn eggs, free-range eggs and organic eggs.
The statistics for eggs production are a quarterly and yearly measurement of the total production of eggs for human consumption and hatching eggs in Denmark. The total production of eggs includes sales to authorized packing companies and estimates for the producers' consumption of own eggs and their direct sales to consumers. The total production of eggs to authorized egg packaging centers is subdivided into the following production types: Eggs from caged hens, barn eggs, free-range eggs, and organic produced eggs. In addition, ungraded eggs sold (barn door sales) and used on agricultural holdings are estimated. . The statistics are published in statbank and occasionally figures are provided to the newsletter Nyt from statistics Denmark (in Danish only).
Data is collected quarterly from the egg packers on the sale of weighed eggs for consumption by types of eggs. Every month information about hatching eggs is collected from the hatcheries. Data comes from administrative records. The data received is checked for completeness and consistency as well as consistency with previous periods.
It is of great interest to agricultural organizations, the Ministry of Environment and Food and the EU. The figures is used intern in Statistics Denmark to estimate quantity and price index, and the Account for Agriculture, which is included in the National Accounts.
Data on the eggs weighed in the packing centers has a high quality, as it is mandatory for egg producers to report this data with the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration. The same applies to the number of hatching eggs where it is compulsory for them to be registered in the Ministry of Food.
The estimation of eggs for own consumption and sales directly to consumers is estimated. This consumption is set at 8 million.
The figures for quarters are usually published approx. 2 months after the end of the quarter. In recent years there has been trouble publishing both numbers to the pre-announced time, since data has first been available approx. 2 months after the end of the quarter.
The statistics have been compiled since the 20th century but are in their present form comparable from 1997 onwards. Most European countries compile statistics on egg production and the statics are therefore comparable to statistics from other countries within the EU. Data enter into the Economic Accounts for Agriculture, which also enter into the National Account.