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RTC Weight Up Five Per Cent from Last Year

by 5m Editor
26 July 2011, at 8:29am

US - The USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) reports a five per cent increase in poultry ready-to-cook (RTC) weights in its monthly Poultry Slaughter report for June 2011.

Poultry certified wholesome during June 2011 (RTC weight) totalled 3.86 billion pounds, up five per cent from the amount certified in June 2010. The May 2011 revised certified total at 3.79 billion pounds, was up eight per cent from May 2010. The May revision represented an increase of 10.0 million pounds from last month's preliminary pounds certified.

The preliminary total live weight of all federally inspected poultry during June 2011 was 5.11 billion pounds, up five per cent from 4.88 billion pounds a year ago. Young chickens inspected totalled 4.37 billion pounds, up four per cent from June 2010. Mature chickens, at 79.0 million pounds, were up 12 per cent from the previous year. Turkey inspections totalled 650 million pounds, up seven percent from a year ago. Ducks totalled 14.0 million pounds, up three per cent from last year. Young chickens slaughtered during June 2011 averaged 5.81 pounds per bird, up three percent from June 2010. The average live weight of mature chickens was 6.03 pounds per bird, up five per cent from a year ago. Turkeys slaughtered during June 2011 averaged 29.3 pounds per bird, up one per cent from June 2010.

Ante-mortem condemnations during June 2011 totalled 11.5 million pounds. Condemnations were 0.23 per cent of the live weight inspected, as compared with 0.25 per cent a year earlier. Post-mortem condemnations, at 36.2 million pounds, were 0.93 per cent of quantities inspected, as compared with 0.90 per cent a year earlier.

Both June 2010 and June 2011 contained 22 weekdays no holidays) and four Saturdays.

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.