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USDA Poultry Slaughter


27 August 2012

USDA Poultry Slaughter: Ready-to-Cook Weight Up 4 PercentUSDA Poultry Slaughter: Ready-to-Cook Weight Up 4 Percent

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

Poultry certified wholesome during July 2012 (ready-to-cook weight) totaled 3.68 billion pounds, up 4 percent from the amount certified in July 2011. The June 2012 revised certified total at 3.67 billion pounds, was down 5 percent from June 2011. The June revision represented an increase of 489 thousand pounds from last month's preliminary pounds certified.

The preliminary total live weight of all federally inspected poultry during July 2012 was 4.87 billion pounds, up 4 percent from 4.68 billion pounds a year ago. Young chickens inspected totaled 4.17 billion pounds, up 3 percent from July 2011. Mature chickens, at 68.9 million pounds, were down 6 percent from the previous year. Turkey inspections totaled 621 million pounds, up 10 percent from a year ago. Ducks totaled 12.4 million pounds, up 4 percent from last year.

Young chickens slaughtered during July 2012 averaged 5.76 pounds per bird, down slightly from July 2011. The average live weight of mature chickens was 6.09 pounds per bird, up 2 percent from a year ago. Turkeys slaughtered during July 2012 averaged 29.3 pounds per bird, up 1 percent from July 2011.

Ante-mortem condemnations during July 2012 totaled 11.7 million pounds. Condemnations were 0.24 percent of the live weight inspected, as compared with 0.24 percent a year earlier. Post-mortem condemnations, at 32.5 million pounds, were 0.88 percent of quantities inspected, as compared with 0.92 percent a year earlier.

July 2011 contained 21 weekdays (including 1 holiday) and 5 Saturdays.
July 2012 contained 22 weekdays (including 1 holiday) and 4 Saturdays.

Published by USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)

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