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31 May 2016

USDA Poultry Slaughter - April 2016USDA Poultry Slaughter - April 2016


Poultry Slaughter

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

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

April 2016 contained 21 weekdays (including 0 holidays) and 5 Saturdays.

Poultry certified wholesome during April 2016 (ready-to-cook weight) totaled 3.83 billion pounds, down 2 percent from the amount certified in April 2015. The March 2016 revised certified total at 4.09 billion pounds, was up 4 percent from March 2015. The March revision represented an increase of 2.03 million pounds from last month's preliminary pounds certified.

The preliminary total live weight of all federally inspected poultry during April 2016 was 5.06 billion pounds, down 2 percent from 5.15 billion pounds a year ago.

Young chickens inspected totaled 4.37 billion pounds, down 1 percent from April 2015. Mature chickens, at 65.2 million pounds, were down 9 percent from the previous year. Turkey inspections totaled 604 million pounds, down 2 percent from a year ago. Ducks totaled 15.5 million pounds, down 8 percent from last year. Young chickens slaughtered during April 2016 averaged 6.19 pounds per bird, up 1 percent from April 2015.

The average live weight of mature chickens was 5.82 pounds per bird, up 1 percent from a year ago. Turkeys slaughtered during April 2016 averaged 31.2 pounds per bird, up 1 percent from April 2015. Ante-mortem condemnations during April 2016 totaled 11.9 million pounds. Condemnations were 0.24 percent of the live weight inspected, as compared with 0.23 percent a year earlier. Post-mortem condemnations, at 40.8 million pounds, were 1.05 percent of quantities inspected, as compared with 1.06 percent a year earlier.

Published by USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)

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