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US Poultry Slaughter: Ready-to-Cook Weight Down 2 Percent from Last Year

by 5m Editor
30 March 2007, at 2:49pm

US - The USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) comment on the poultry weights and slaughter levels in their monthly Poultry Slaughter Report.

Poultry certified wholesome during February 2007 (ready-to-cook weight) totaled 3.15 billion pounds, down 2 percent from the amount certified in February 2006. January 2007 revised certified total at 3.55 billion pounds, was down slightly from January 2006. The January revision represented an increase of 4.15 million pounds from last month’s preliminary pounds certified.

The preliminary total live weight of poultry inspected during February 2007 was 4.26 billion pounds, down 1 percent from 4.30 billion pounds a year ago. Young chickens inspected totaled 3.63 billion pounds, down 2 percent from February 2006. Mature chickens, at 58.1 million pounds, were down 2 Percent from the previous year. Turkey inspections totaled 563 million pounds, up 7 percent from a year ago. Ducks totaled 14.6 million pounds, up slightly from last year.

Young chickens slaughtered during February 2007 averaged 5.43 pounds per bird, down slightly from February 2006. The average live weight of mature chickens was 5.91 pounds per bird, up 1 percent from a year ago. Turkeys slaughtered during February 2007 averaged 28.8 pounds per bird, down 3 percent from February 2006.

Ante-mortem condemnations during February 2007 totaled 16.9 million pounds. Condemnations were 0.40 percent of the live weight inspected, as compared with 0.34 percent a year earlier. Post-mortem condemnations, at 46.5 million pounds, were 1.46 percent of quantities inspected, compared with 1.43 percent a year earlier.

February 2007 contained 20 weekdays (including one holiday) and 4 Saturdays, while February 2006 had 20 weekdays (including one holiday) and 4 Saturdays.

To view the full report, including tables, please click here (PDF format, 14 pages)

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