September 1, 2008


US ready-to-cook poultry weight up 6 percent on-year

Ready-to-cook poultry weight increased 6 percent on-year to 3.83 billion pounds in July, according to USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.


In June, ready-to-cook poultry weight reached 3.66 billion pounds, up 2 percent from June 2007.


Preliminary total live weight of inspected poultry in July totalled 5.13 billion pounds, up 5 percent on-year.


Average weight of young chickens slaughtered in July reached 5.54 pounds per bird, up 1 percent on-year, while live mature chicken weight fell 5 percent on-year to average 5.9 pounds per bird.


In addition, turkey slaughter in July averaged 28.4 pounds per bird, up 1 percent on-year.

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