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RTC Weight Down Three Per Cent from Last Year

by 5m Editor
26 February 2010, at 9:09a.m.

US - The USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) reports a one per cent drop in poultry ready-to-cook (RTC) weights in their monthly <em>Poultry Slaughter</em> report for January 2010.

Poultry certified wholesome during January 2010 (ready-to-cook weight) totalled 3.30 billion pounds, down three per cent from the amount certified in January 2009. The December 2009 revised certified total at 3.47 billion pounds, was down slightly from December 2008. The December revision represented an increase of 15.7 million pounds from last month's preliminary pounds certified.

The preliminary total live weight of poultry inspected during January 2010 was 4.40 billion pounds, down three per cent from 4.53 billion pounds a year ago. Young chickens inspected totalled 3.79 billion pounds, down two per cent from January 2009. Mature chickens, at 60.2 million pounds, were down three per cent from the previous year. Turkey inspections totalled 533 million pounds, down 10 per cent from a year ago. Ducks totalled 12.4 million pounds, down four per cent from last year.

Young chickens slaughtered during January 2010 averaged 5.64 pounds per bird, up one per cent from January 2009. The average live weight of mature chickens was 5.43 pounds per bird, down four per cent from a year ago. Turkeys slaughtered during January 2010 averaged 30.6 pounds per bird, up slightly from January 2009.

Ante-mortem condemnations during January 2010 totalled 13.2 million pounds. Condemnations were 0.30 per cent of the live weight inspected, as compared with 0.33 per cent a year earlier. Post-mortem condemnations, at 34.4 million pounds, were 1.03 per cent of quantities inspected, as compared with 1.20 per cent a year earlier.

January 2010 contained 21 weekdays (including two holidays) and five Saturdays, while January 2009 had 22 weekdays (including two holidays) and five Saturdays.

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.


Further Reading

- You can view the Poultry Slaughter 2009 Summary by clicking here.