Jun 28, 2011


US ready-to-cook poultry weight increases 8% in May



US poultry certified wholesome (ready-to-cook weight) amounted 3.78 billion lbs. in May, rising 8% from the amount certified in the same period last year, according to the USDA.


The April 2011 revised certified total at 3.48 billion lbs., was down 2% from April 2010. The April revision represented an increase of 3.71 million lbs. from last month's preliminary pounds certified.


The preliminary total live weight of all federally inspected poultry during May was 5.01 billion lbs., up 8% from 4.66 billion lbs. a year ago. Young chickens inspected totalled 4.31 billion lbs., up 7% from May 2010. Mature chickens, at 70.5 million lbs., were up 10% from the previous year.


Young chickens slaughtered during May 2011 averaged 5.81 lbs. per bird, up 2% from May 2010. The average live weight of mature chickens was 5.60 lbs. per bird, up slightly from a year ago.


Ante-mortem condemnations during May 2011 totalled 10.5 million lbs. Condemnations were 0.21% of the live weight inspected, as compared with 0.23% a year earlier. Post-mortem condemnations, at 36.7 million lbs., were 0.96% of quantities inspected, as compared with 0.94% a year earlier. 

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