Ready-to-Cook Weight Up 5 Percent From Last Year

US - The USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) comment on the poultry weights and slaughter levels in their monthly Poultry Slaughter Report.
calendar icon 1 December 2006
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Poultry certified wholesome during October 2006 (ready-to-cook weight) totaled 3.77 billion pounds, up 5 percent from the amount certified in October 2005. September 2006 revised certified total at 3.40 billion pounds, was down 4 percent from September 2005. The September revision represented an increase of 3.26 million pounds from last month’s preliminary pounds certified.

The preliminary total live weight of poultry inspected during October 2006 was 5.09 billion pounds, up 6 percent from 4.80 billion pounds a year ago. Young chickens inspected totaled 4.32 billion pounds, up 5 percent from October 2005. Mature chickens, at 69.7 million pounds, were up 5 percent from the previous year. Turkey inspections totaled 684 million pounds, up 12 percent from a year ago. Ducks totaled 15.3 million pounds, down 5 percent from last year.

Young chickens slaughtered during October 2006 averaged 5.58 pounds per bird, up 1 percent from October 2005. The average live weight of mature chickens was 6.20 pounds per bird, up 5 percent from a year ago. Turkeys slaughtered during October 2006 averaged 27.4 pounds per bird, up 2 percent from October 2005.

Ante-mortem condemnations during October 2006 totaled 15.5 million pounds. Condemnations were 0.30 percent of the live weight inspected, as compared with 0.30 percent a year earlier. Post-mortem condemnations, at 45.0 million pounds, were 1.18 percent of quantities inspected, compared with 1.22 percent a year earlier. October 2006 contained 22 weekdays (including one holiday) and 4 Saturdays, while October 2005 had 21 weekdays (including one holiday) and 5 Saturdays.

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