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USDA Poultry Slaughter

24 September 2013

USDA Poultry Slaughter - September 2013USDA Poultry Slaughter - September 2013

Poultry Slaughter

Ready-to-Cook Weight Down 2 Percent from Last Year

Poultry certified wholesome during August 2013 (ready-to-cook weight) totaled 3.84 billion pounds, down 2 percent from the amount certified in August 2012. The July 2013 revised certified total at 3.85 billion pounds, was up 5 percent from July 2012. The July revision represented a decrease of 297 thousand pounds from last month's preliminary pounds certified.

The preliminary total live weight of all federally inspected poultry during August 2013 was 5.08 billion pounds, down 2 percent from 5.18 billion pounds a year ago. Young chickens inspected totaled 4.38 billion pounds, down 1 percent from August 2012. Mature chickens, at 77.8 million pounds, were down 4 percent from the previous year. Turkey inspections totaled 605 million pounds, down 9 percent from a year ago. Ducks totaled 13.9 million pounds, down 2 percent from last year.

Young chickens slaughtered during August 2013 averaged 5.90 pounds per bird, up 2 percent from August 2012. The average live weight of mature chickens was 5.73 pounds per bird, down 3 percent from a year ago. Turkeys slaughtered during August 2013 averaged 29.7 pounds per bird, up 3 percent from August 2012.

Ante-mortem condemnations during August 2013 totaled 11.1 million pounds. Condemnations were 0.22 percent of the live weight inspected, as compared with 0.24 percent a year earlier. Post-mortem condemnations, at 34.1 million pounds, were 0.88 percent of quantities inspected, as compared with 0.87 percent a year earlier.

August 2012 contained 23 weekdays (including 0 holidays) and 4 Saturdays.

August 2013 contained 22 weekdays (including 0 holidays) and 5 Saturdays.

Published by USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)

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