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RTC Weight Down Five Per Cent from Last Year

26 August 2009
National Agricultural Statistics Service

US - The USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) reports a five per cent fall in poultry ready-to-cook (RTC) weights in their monthly Poultry Slaughter report for July 2009.

Poultry certified wholesome during July 2009 (ready-to-cook weight) totaled 3.63 billion pounds, down five per cent from the amount certified in July 2008. The June 2009 revised certified total at 3.60 billion pounds, was down two per cent from June 2008. The June revision represented an increase of 1.33 million pounds from last month's preliminary pounds certified.

The preliminary total live weight of poultry inspected during July 2009 was 4.83 billion pounds, down six per cent from 5.13 billion pounds a year ago. Young chickens inspected totaled 4.13 billion pounds, down five per cent from July 2008. Mature chickens, at 75.3 million pounds, were down eight per cent from the previous year. Turkey inspections totaled 611 million pounds, down 11 per cent from a year ago. Ducks totaled 12.8 million pounds, down five per cent from last year.

Young chickens slaughtered during July 2009 averaged 5.54 pounds per bird, unchanged from July 2008. The average live weight of mature chickens was 5.90 pounds per bird, unchanged from a year ago. Turkeys slaughtered during July 2009 averaged 28.4 pounds per bird, up slightly from July 2008.

Ante-mortem condemnations during July 2009 totaled 12.8 million pounds. Condemnations were 0.26 per cent of the live weight inspected, as compared with 0.39 per cent a year earlier. Post-mortem condemnations, at 36.9 million pounds, were 1.01 per cent of quantities inspected, as compared with 1.12 per cent a year earlier.

July 2008 and July 2009 contained 23 weekdays (including one holiday) and four Saturdays.

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