During July, the preliminary total live weight of all federally inspected poultry totaled 4.66 billion lbs., down 2 percent from 4.75 billion lbs. one year ago. Young chickens inspected totaled 4.01 billion lbs., down 2 percent from July 2010. Totaling 72.9 million lbs., mature chickens were up 2 percent from the previous year.
Turkey inspections totaled 563 million lbs., down 3 percent from a year ago. Ducks totaled 11.9 million lbs., down 9 percent from last year.
During July, young chickens slaughtered averaged 5.76 lbs. per bird, up 3 percent from July 2010. The average live weight of mature chickens was 6 lbs. per bird, up 2 percent from a year ago. Turkeys slaughtered during July averaged 29.1 lbs. per bird, up 2 percent from July 2010.
Ante-mortem condemnations during July totaled 11.3 million lbs. Condemnations were 0.24 percent of the live weight inspected, as compared with 0.30 percent one year earlier. Totaling 32.8 million lbs., post-mortem condemnations were 0.93 percent of quantities inspected, as compared with 0.91 percent one year earlier.