Egg prices up sharply

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LAS VEGAS (KTNV) – There can be a shock when it comes to buying eggs. The prices for them have increased and will remain so for the time being, thanks to a few factors.

“Eggs taste completely different from store-bought eggs, so I appreciate that.”

The farm-fresh eggs at Rod’s Produce Market in the downtown Summerlin Farmer’s Market are a hit.

“I probably have eggs every day, so every day I’ll have some for breakfast,” said Henderson resident Maya Adams.

A breakfast staple owner, Rod Huebert, says it’s an undeniable bestseller.

“I think it’s one of the things we sell the most. I think we are up to 500 dozen a week. People need their eggs,” Huebert said.

More expensive eggs to obtain. Huebert says he had to raise the price from $5 to $6 for a dozen giant farm-fresh eggs. Much of it comes from rising fuel prices.

“Every part of the farm, not just the eggs, but the fertilizer costs more. You must transport the fertilizer by truck. It’s all to do with vehicles and trucking,” he said.

Data firm, Urner Barry’s Egg Index, shows wholesale prices for a dozen eggs hovering around $2.50 earlier this month. This time last year, it was just 61 cents. Another factor is a devastating bird flu that has led to the culling of millions of chickens across the country. This means fewer laying hens to meet demand. Huebert says this is impacting the central California farm where he gets his eggs from.

“It’s really concerning because I just spoke with my guy this morning and it’s going to be a problem. They’re even talking about turkeys having the bird flu problem,” he said.

Luckily, that’s not deterring Huebert’s customers just yet.

“The price doesn’t even matter to me because the quality is there. I prefer buying quality over price,” Adams said.

Huebert says he does his best to keep prices as fair as possible and would like to help buyers when he can.

“Hopefully in the future we can bring the cost of things down and our country can get back to a state of peace, obviously. I think everyone wants that,” he said.

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