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US Poultry Slaughter 2009 Summary

by 5m Editor
28 February 2011, at 4:45pm

US - The total number of chicken slaughtered in the US has dropped according to the latest figures from the USDA.

The US Poultry Slaughter Summary for 2009 shows that 8.65 billion chickens were slaughtered in the year compared to 9.07 billion in 2008.

The number of turkeys slaughtered, was also down from 271 million birds in 2008 to 246 million turkeys in 2009.

The total weight of chicken meat that went on to the market also fell from 50.7 billion pounds in 2008 to 48.4 billion pounds in 2009.

The drop in production was across both chilled and frozen sectors.

However, the number of chickens and turkeys that had to be condemned on ante mortem inspection fell considerably.

In all 128 million of chicken meat was condemned before slaughter last year compared to 168 million pounds in 2008.

The chicken meat condemned by inspection after slaughter also fell with 349 million pounds lost in 2009 compared to 418 million pounds in 2008.

Further Reading

- You can view the full figures and report by clicking here.