The preliminary total live weight of all federally inspected poultry during October was 4.98 billion lbs., up 3% from 4.83 billion pounds a year ago. Young chickens inspected totaled 4.25 billion lbs., up 3% from October 2009. Totaling 64.6 million lbs., mature chickens, were down 7%from the previous year. Turkey inspections totaled 655 million lbs., up 3% from a year ago. Ducks totaled 13.5 million lbs., up 4% from last year.
During October, young chickens slaughtered averaged 5.87 lbs. per bird, up 4% from October 2009. The average live weight of mature chickens was 5.91 lbs. per bird, up 1% from a year ago. Turkeys slaughtered during October averaged 28.4 lbs. per bird, down slightly from October 2009.
Ante-mortem condemnations during October totaled 10.7 million lbs. Condemnations were 0.21% of the live weight inspected, as compared with 0.22% a year earlier. Post-mortem condemnations, at 34.8 million lbs., were 0.92% of quantities inspected, as compared with 0.95% one year earlier.