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26 August 2015

USDA Poultry Slaughter - 26 August 2015USDA Poultry Slaughter - 26 August 2015


Poultry Slaughter

Ready-to-Cook Weight Up 2 Percent from Last Year

July 2014 contained 23 weekdays (including 1 holiday) and 4 Saturdays.

July 2015 contained 23 weekdays (including 1 holiday) and 4 Saturdays.

Poultry certified wholesome during July 2015 (ready-to-cook weight) totaled 3.97 billion pounds, up 2 percent from the amount certified in July 2014. The June 2015 revised certified total at 3.94 billion pounds, was up 5 percent from June 2014. The June revision represented an increase of 18.0 million pounds from last month's preliminary pounds certified.

The preliminary total live weight of all federally inspected poultry during July 2015 was 5.25 billion pounds, up 2 percent from 5.13 billion pounds a year ago. Young chickens inspected totaled 4.61 billion pounds, up 4 percent from July 2014. Mature chickens, at 68.8 million pounds, were down 1 percent from the previous year. Turkey inspections totaled 558 million pounds, down 11 percent from a year ago. Ducks totaled 15.8 million pounds, up 1 percent from last year.

Young chickens slaughtered during July 2015 averaged 6.05 pounds per bird, up 2 percent from July 2014. The average live weight of mature chickens was 6.34 pounds per bird, up 7 percent from a year ago. Turkeys slaughtered during July 2015 averaged 29.0 pounds per bird, down 4 percent from July 2014.

Ante-mortem condemnations during July 2015 totaled 13.2 million pounds. Condemnations were 0.25 percent of the live weight inspected, as compared with 0.22 percent a year earlier. Post-mortem condemnations, at 38.3 million pounds, were 0.95 percent of quantities inspected, as compared with 0.94 percent a year earlier.

Published by USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)

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