Meanwhile, the preliminary total live weight of all federally inspected poultry last month totaled 4.59 billion lbs., down from 4.60 billion lbs. from one year earlier. Young chickens inspected totaled 3.97 billion lbs., down 1 percent from February 2014. Totaling 64.7 million lbs., mature chickens increased 2 percent from the previous year.
Turkey inspections totaled 542 million lbs., up 3 percent from one year ago, while ducks totaled 14.4 million lbs., up 3 percent from last year.
During February 2015, young chickens slaughtered averaged 6.09 lbs. per bird, up 1 percent from February 2014. The average live weight of mature chickens was 5.67 lbs. per bird, up 2 percent from a year ago. Turkeys slaughtered during February 2015 averaged 31.3 lbs. per bird, up 1 percent from February 2014.
Ante-mortem condemnations during February 2015 totaled 12.4 million lbs. Condemnations were 0.27 percent of the live-weight inspected versus 0.24 percent one year earlier. Totaling 38.9 million lbs., post-mortem condemnations were 1.11 percent of quantities inspected versus1.04 percent a year ago.