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USDA Poultry Slaughter

23 January 2014

USDA Poultry Slaughter - 23 January 2014USDA Poultry Slaughter - 23 January 2014

Poultry Slaughter

Ready-to-Cook Weight Up 6 Percent from Last Year

Poultry certified wholesome during December 2013 (ready-to-cook weight) totaled 3.56 billion pounds, up 6 percent from the amount certified in December 2012. The November 2013 revised certified total at 3.49 billion pounds, was down 2 percent from November 2012. The November revision represented an increase of 1.6 million pounds from last month's preliminary pounds certified.

The preliminary total live weight of all federally inspected poultry during December 2013 was 4.71 billion pounds, up 7 percent from 4.42 billion pounds a year ago. Young chickens inspected totaled 4.11 billion pounds, up 8 percent from December 2012. Mature chickens, at 63.5 million pounds, were up 7 percent from the previous year. Turkey inspections totaled 529 million pounds, down 4 percent from a year ago. Ducks totaled 15.8 million pounds, up 9 percent from last year.

Young chickens slaughtered during December 2013 averaged 5.99 pounds per bird, up 1 percent from December 2012. The average live weight of mature chickens was 5.43 pounds per bird, up 7 percent from a year ago. Turkeys slaughtered during December 2013 averaged 30.7 pounds per bird, down slightly from December 2012.

Ante-mortem condemnations during December 2013 totaled 11.0 million pounds. Condemnations were 0.23 percent of the live weight inspected, as compared with 0.21 percent a year earlier. Post-mortem condemnations, at 36.1 million pounds, were 1.00 percent of quantities inspected, as compared with 0.95 percent a year earlier.

December 2012 contained 21 weekdays (including 1 holiday) and 5 Saturdays.

December 2013 contained 22 weekdays (including 1 holiday) and 4 Saturdays.

Published by USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)

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