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Ready-to-Cook Weight Up Slightly from Last Year

by 5m Editor
1 July 2008, at 8:06am

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

Poultry certified wholesome during May 2008 (ready-to-cook weight) totaled 3.74 billion pounds, up slightly from the amount certified in May 2007. The April 2008 revised certified total at 3.77 billion pounds, was up 11 percent from April 2007. The April revision represented an increase of 13.9 million pounds from last month's preliminary pounds certified.

The preliminary total live weight of poultry inspected during May 2008 was 5.01 billion pounds, down 1 percent from 5.05 billion pounds a year ago. Young chickens inspected totaled 4.27 billion pounds, down 1 percent from May 2007. Mature chickens, at 79.0 million pounds, were up 11 percent from the previous year. Turkey inspections totaled 652 million pounds, up 1 percent from a year ago. Ducks totaled 12.7 million pounds, down 20 percent from last year.

Young chickens slaughtered during May 2008 averaged 5.60 pounds per bird, up 1 percent from May 2007. The average live weight of mature chickens was 5.77 pounds per bird, down 5 percent from a year ago. Turkeys slaughtered during May 2008 averaged 29.0 pounds per bird, up 2 percent from May 2007.

Ante-mortem condemnations during May 2008 totaled 15.1 million pounds. Condemnations were 0.30 percent of the live weight inspected, as compared with 0.32 percent a year earlier. Post-mortem condemnations, at 44.1 million pounds, were 1.17 percent of quantities inspected, as compared with 1.25 percent a year earlier.

May 2008 contained 22 weekdays (including one holiday) and 5 Saturdays, while May 2007 had 23 weekdays (including one holiday) and 4 Saturdays.

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.

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