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USDA Poultry Slaughter


30 August 2016

USDA Poultry Slaughter - Ready-to-Cook Weight Down 5 Percent from Last YearUSDA Poultry Slaughter - Ready-to-Cook Weight Down 5 Percent from Last Year


Poultry Slaughter

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

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

July 2016 contained 21 weekdays (including 1 holiday) and 5 Saturdays.

Poultry certified wholesome during July 2016 (ready-to-cook weight) totaled 3.77 billion pounds, down 5 percent from the amount certified in July 2015. The June 2016 revised certified total at 4.08 billion pounds, was up 3 percent from June 2015. The June revision represented an increase of 7.3 million pounds from last month's preliminary pounds certified.

The preliminary total live weight of all federally inspected poultry during July 2016 was 4.98 billion pounds, down 5 percent from 5.25 billion pounds a year ago. Young chickens inspected totaled 4.31 billion pounds, down 7 percent from July 2015. Mature chickens, at 60.1 million pounds, were down 13 percent from the previous year. Turkey inspections totaled 599 million pounds, up 7 percent from a year ago. Ducks totaled 13.8 million pounds, down 13 percent from last year.

Young chickens slaughtered during July 2016 averaged 6.09 pounds per bird, up 1 percent from July 2015. The average live weight of mature chickens was 5.98 pounds per bird, down 6 percent from a year ago. Turkeys slaughtered during July 2016 averaged 30.4 pounds per bird, up 5 percent from July 2015.

Ante-mortem condemnations during July 2016 totaled 13.1 million pounds. Condemnations were 0.26 percent of the live weight inspected, as compared with 0.25 percent a year earlier. Post-mortem condemnations, at 37.5 million pounds, were 0.99 percent of quantities inspected, as compared with 0.96 percent a year earlier.

Published by USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)

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