During September, the preliminary total live weight of all federally inspected poultry was 4.98 billion lbs., up 5% from 4.77 billion lbs. a year ago. Young chickens inspected totaled 4.31 billion lbs., up 5% from September 2009. Totaling 72.2 million lbs., mature chickens were up 6% from the previous year. Turkey inspections totaled 584 million lbs., down slightly from a year ago. Ducks totaled 14.3 million lbs., up 9% from last year.
During September, young chickens slaughtered averaged 5.73 lbs. per bird, up 2% from September 2009. The average live weight of mature chickens was 5.72 lbs. per bird, up slightly from a year ago. Turkeys slaughtered during September 2010 averaged 28.5 lbs. per bird, down 1% from September 2009.
Ante-mortem condemnations during September 2010 totaled 11.4 million lbs. Condemnations were 0.23% of the live weight inspected, as compared with 0.23% a year earlier. Totaling 34.1 million lbs., post-mortem condemnations, were 0.90% of quantities inspected, as compared with 0.97% a year earlier.