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USDA Poultry Slaughter


25 July 2012

USDA Poultry Slaughter: Ready-to-Cook Weight Down 5 PercentUSDA Poultry Slaughter: Ready-to-Cook Weight Down 5 Percent

The USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) reports a five per cent decrease in poultry ready-to-cook (RTC) weights in its monthly Poultry Slaughter report.
Poultry Slaughter

Poultry certified wholesome during June 2012 (ready-to-cook weight) totaled 3.67 billion pounds, down 5 percent from the amount certified in June 2011. The May 2012 revised certified total at 3.86 billion pounds, was up 1 percent from May 2011. The May revision represented an increase of 214 thousand pounds from last month's preliminary pounds certified.

The preliminary total live weight of all federally inspected poultry during June 2012 was 4.86 billion pounds, down 5 percent from 5.11 billion pounds a year ago. Young chickens inspected totaled 4.14 billion pounds, down 5 percent from June 2011. Mature chickens, at 75.9 million pounds, were down 4 percent from the previous year. Turkey inspections totaled 634 million pounds, down 3 percent from a year ago. Ducks totaled 13.3 million pounds, down 6 percent from last year.

Young chickens slaughtered during June 2012 averaged 5.86 pounds per bird, up 1 percent from June 2011. The average live weight of mature chickens was 5.73 pounds per bird, down 5 percent from a year ago. Turkeys slaughtered during June 2012 averaged 30.0 pounds per bird, up 3 percent from June 2011.

Ante-mortem condemnations during June 2012 totaled 10.9 million pounds. Condemnations were 0.22 percent of the live weight inspected, as compared with 0.23 percent a year earlier. Post-mortem condemnations, at 33.1 million pounds, were 0.89 percent of quantities inspected, as compared with 0.93 percent a year earlier.

June 2011 contained 22 weekdays (including 0 holidays) and 4 Saturdays.
June 2012 contained 21 weekdays (including 0 holidays) and 5 Saturdays.

Published by USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)

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