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USDA Poultry Slaughter


23 October 2014

USDA Poultry Slaughter - 23 October 2014USDA Poultry Slaughter - 23 October 2014


Poultry Slaughter

Ready-to-Cook Weight Up 7 Percent from Last Year

Poultry certified wholesome during September 2014 (ready-to-cook weight) totaled 3.85 billion pounds, up 7 percent from the amount certified in September 2013. The August 2014 revised certified total at 3.74 billion pounds, was down 3 percent from August 2013. The August revision represented an increase of 1 thousand pounds from last month's preliminary pounds certified.

The preliminary total live weight of all federally inspected poultry during September 2014 was 5.09 billion pounds, up 7 percent from 4.76 billion pounds a year ago. Young chickens inspected totaled 4.38 billion pounds, up 6 percent from September 2013. Mature chickens, at 71.3 million pounds, were up 3 percent from the previous year. Turkey inspections totaled 617 million pounds, up 12 percent from a year ago. Ducks totaled 15.1 million pounds, up 13 percent from last year.

Young chickens slaughtered during September 2014 averaged 5.99 pounds per bird, up 1 percent from September 2013. The average live weight of mature chickens was 5.83 pounds per bird, down 1 percent from a year ago. Turkeys slaughtered during September 2014 averaged 30.6 pounds per bird, up 1 percent from September 2013.

Ante-mortem condemnations during September 2014 totaled 11.1 million pounds. Condemnations were 0.22 percent of the live weight inspected, as compared with 0.20 percent a year earlier. Post-mortem condemnations, at 37.4 million pounds, were 0.96 percent of quantities inspected, as compared with 0.88 percent a year earlier.

September 2013 contained 21 weekdays (including 1 holiday) and 4 Saturdays.

September 2014 contained 22 weekdays (including 1 holiday) and 4 Saturdays.

Published by USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)

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