The preliminary total live weight of all federally inspected poultry during August was 5.09 billion lbs., up 2 percent from 4.97 billion lbs. a year ago. Young chickens inspected totaled 4.37 billion lbs., up 2 percent from August 2010. Totaling 76.4 million lbs., mature chickens were up 2 percent from the previous year. Turkey inspections totaled 630 million lbs., up 4 percent from a year ago.
Ducks totaled 14.3 million lbs., up 3 percent from last year.
During August, young chickens slaughtered averaged 5.77 lbs. per bird, up 4 percent from August 2010. The average live weight of mature chickens was 5.81 lbs. per bird, down 2 percent from a year ago. Turkeys slaughtered during August averaged 28.5 lbs. per bird, up 2 percent from August 2010.
Ante-mortem condemnations during August totaled 12.2 million lbs. Condemnations were 0.24 percent of the live weight inspected, as compared with 0.29 percent a year earlier. Post-mortem condemnations, at 35.0 million lbs., were 0.90 percent of quantities inspected, as compared with 0.90 percent a year earlier.