The preliminary total live weight of all federally inspected poultry during November 2010 was 4.90 billion lbs., up 12% from 4.39 billion lbs. a year ago. Young chickens inspected totaled 4.17 billion lbs., up 12% from November 2009.
Totaling 63.5 million lbs., mature chickens were up 18% from the previous year. Turkey inspections totaled 650 million lbs., up 9% from a year ago. Ducks totaled 13.8 million lbs., up 9% from last year.
During November 2010, young chickens slaughtered averaged 5.88 lbs. per bird, up 4% from November 2009. The average live weight of mature chickens was 6.19 lbs. per bird, up 8% from a year ago. Turkeys slaughtered during November 2010 averaged 28.2 lbs. per bird, up 2% from November 2009.
During November 2010, ante-mortem condemnations totaled 10.9 million lbs. Condemnations totaled 0.22% of the live weight inspected compared to 0.22% one year earlier. Post-mortem condemnations, at 35.9 million lbs., were 0.96% of quantities inspected, as compared with 0.97% one year earlier.