The preliminary total live weight of all federally inspected poultry during May was 5.01 billion lbs., up 8 percent from 4.66 billion lbs. a year ago. Young chickens inspected totaled 4.31 billion lbs., up 7 percent from May 2010. Mature chickens, at 70.5 million lbs., were up 10 percent from the previous year.
Turkey inspections totaled 620 million lbs., up 13 percent from a year ago. Ducks totaled 14.0 million lbs., up 11 percent from last year.
Young chickens slaughtered during May 2011 averaged 5.81 lbs. per bird, up 2 percent from May 2010. The average live weight of mature chickens was 5.60 lbs. per bird, up slightly from a year ago. Turkeys slaughtered during May 2011 averaged 30.2 lbs. per bird, up 2 percent from May 2010.
Ante-mortem condemnations during May 2011 totaled 10.5 million lbs. Condemnations were 0.21 percent of the live weight inspected, as compared with 0.23 percent a year earlier. Post-mortem condemnations, at 36.7 million lbs., were 0.96 percent of quantities inspected, as compared with 0.94 percent a year earlier.