The preliminary total live weight of poultry inspected during June 2010 was 4.87 billion lbs., up 2% from 4.79 billion lbs. a year ago. Young chickens inspected totaled 4.17 billion lbs., up 2% from June 2009. Mature chickens, at 70.8 million lbs., were down 2% from the previous year.
Turkey inspections totaled 610 million lbs., down 1% from a year ago. Ducks totaled 13.6 million lbs., up 4% from last year.
Young chickens slaughtered during June 2010 averaged 5.62 lbs. per bird, up 2% from June 2009. The average live weight of mature chickens was 5.73 lbs. per bird, up 1% from a year ago. Turkeys slaughtered during June 2010 averaged 29.0 lbs. per bird, up 2% from June 2009.
During June 2010, ante-mortem condemnations totaled 12.3 million lbs. Condemnations were 0.25% of the live weight inspected, as compared with 0.29% one year earlier. At 33.4 million lbs., post-mortem condemnations were 0.90% of quantities inspected, as compared with 1.03% one year earlier.