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24 July 2015

USDA Poultry Slaughter - 24 July 2015USDA Poultry Slaughter - 24 July 2015


Poultry Slaughter

Ready-to-Cook Weight Up 5 Percent from Last Year

June 2014 contained 21 weekdays (including 0 holidays) and 4 Saturdays.

June 2015 contained 22 weekdays (including 0 holidays) and 4 Saturdays.

Poultry certified wholesome during June 2015 (ready-to-cook weight) totaled 3.93 billion pounds, up 5 percent from the amount certified in June 2014. The May 2015 revised certified total at 3.73 billion pounds, was up slightly from May 2014. The May revision represented an increase of 447 thousand pounds from last month's preliminary pounds certified.

The preliminary total live weight of all federally inspected poultry during June 2015 was 5.18 billion pounds, up 5 percent from 4.96 billion pounds a year ago. Young chickens inspected totaled 4.53 billion pounds, up 6 percent from June 2014. Mature chickens, at 70.3 million pounds, were up 3 percent from the previous year. Turkey inspections totaled 570 million pounds, down 6 percent from a year ago. Ducks totaled 15.9 million pounds, up 13 percent from last year.

Young chickens slaughtered during June 2015 averaged 6.09 pounds per bird, up 2 percent from June 2014. The average live weight of mature chickens was 6.25 pounds per bird, up 9 percent from a year ago. Turkeys slaughtered during June 2015 averaged 30.0 pounds per bird, down slightly from June 2014.

Ante-mortem condemnations during June 2015 totaled 12.3 million pounds. Condemnations were 0.24 percent of the live weight inspected, as compared with 0.22 percent a year earlier. Post-mortem condemnations, at 38.0 million pounds, were 0.96 percent of quantities inspected, as compared with 0.95 percent a year earlier.

Published by USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)

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