August ready-to-cook poultry weight up 3 percent

by Meat&Poultry Staff
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WASHINGTON – For the month of August, US poultry certified wholesome (ready-to-cook weight) totaled 3.84 billion lbs., up 3 percent from the amount certified in August 2010, according to the US Department of Agriculture. The July 2011 revised certified total at 3.52 billion lbs., was down 2 percent from July 2010. The July revision represented an increase of 0.71 million lbs. from last month's preliminary pounds certified.

The preliminary total live weight of all federally inspected poultry during August was 5.09 billion lbs., up 2 percent from 4.97 billion lbs. a year ago. Young chickens inspected totaled 4.37 billion lbs., up 2 percent from August 2010. Mature chickens, at 76.4 million lbs., were up 2 percent from the previous year.

Turkey inspections totaled 630 million lbs., up 4 percent from August 2010. Ducks totaled 14.3 million lbs., up 3 percent from last year.

Young chickens slaughtered during August averaged 5.77 lbs. per bird, up 4 percent from August 2010. The average live weight of mature chickens was 5.81 lbs. per bird, down 2 percent from a year ago. Turkeys slaughtered during August averaged 28.5 lbs. per bird, up 2 percent from August 2010.

Ante-mortem condemnations during August totaled 12.2 million lbs. Condemnations were 0.24 percent of the live weight inspected, as compared with 0.29 percent a year earlier. Post-mortem condemnations, at 35.0 million lbs., were 0.90 percent of quantities inspected, as compared with 0.90 percent a year earlier.
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