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28 November 2016

USDA Poultry Slaughter - October 2016USDA Poultry Slaughter - October 2016


Poultry Slaughter

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

October 2015 contained 22 weekdays (including 1 holiday) and 5 Saturdays.

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

Poultry certified wholesome during October 2016 (ready-to-cook weight) totaled 3.99 billion pounds, down 2 percent from the amount certified in October 2015. The September 2016 revised certified total at 4.01 billion pounds, was up slightly from September 2015. The September revision represented an increase of 1.04 million pounds from last month's preliminary pounds certified.

The preliminary total live weight of all federally inspected poultry during October 2016 was 5.26 billion pounds, down 2 percent from 5.35 billion pounds a year ago. Young chickens inspected totaled 4.53 billion pounds, down 1 percent from October 2015. Mature chickens, at 67.3 million pounds, were down 9 percent from the previous year. Turkey inspections totaled 645 million pounds, down 1 percent from a year ago. Ducks totaled 15.0 million pounds, down 6 percent from last year.

Young chickens slaughtered during October 2016 averaged a record 6.20 pounds per bird, up slightly from October 2015. The average live weight of mature chickens was 6.29 pounds per bird, down slightly from a year ago. Turkeys slaughtered during October 2016 averaged 29.8 pounds per bird, up 1 percent from October 2015.

Ante-mortem condemnations during October 2016 totaled 12.4 million pounds. Condemnations were 0.23 percent of the live weight inspected, as compared with 0.23 percent a year earlier. Post-mortem condemnations, at 37.9 million pounds, were 0.94 percent of quantities inspected, as compared with 1.00 percent a year earlier.

Published by USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)

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