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October 30, 2008

 

US ready-to cook poultry weights; up 9 percent on-year

 
 

Poultry certified wholesome during September 2008 (ready-to-cook weight) totalled 3.72 billion pounds, up 9 percent from the amount certified in September 2007.

 

The USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) comment on the slightly higher poultry ready-to-cook weights in their monthly Poultry Slaughter Report.

 

The August 2008 revised certification of wholesome poultry, totalling at 3.65 billion pounds, was down 3 percent from August 2007. The August revision represented an increase of 22,000 pounds from last month's preliminary pounds certified.

 

The preliminary total live weight of poultry inspected during September 2008 was 4.97 billion pounds, up 9 percent from 4.57 billion pounds a year ago.

 

Young chickens inspected totalled 4.23 billion pounds, up 8 percent from September 2007. Mature chickens, at 76.9 million pounds, were up 34 percent from the previous year. Turkey inspections totalled 648 million pounds, up 12 percent from a year ago. Ducks totalled 13.8 million pounds, up 7 percent from last year.

 

Young chickens slaughtered during September 2008 averaged 5.62 pounds per bird, up 2 percent from September 2007. The average live weight of mature chickens was 5.93 pounds per bird, down 3 percent from a year ago. Turkeys slaughtered during September 2008 averaged 28.5 pounds per bird, up 2 percent from September 2007.

 

Ante-mortem condemnations during September 2008 totalled 13.8 million pounds. Condemnations were 0.28 percent of the live weight inspected, as compared with 0.33 percent a year earlier. Post-mortem condemnations, at 40.6 million pounds, were 1.08 percent of quantities inspected, as compared with 1.13 percent a year earlier.

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