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RTC Weight Up Two Per Cent from Last Year

by 5m Editor
27 July 2010, at 9:15am

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

Poultry certified wholesome during June 2010 (ready-to-cook weight) totalled 3.67 billion pounds, up two per cent from the amount certified in June 2009. The May 2010 revised certified total at 3.51 billion pounds, was up three per cent from May 2009. The May revision represented an increase of 7.8 million pounds from last month's preliminary pounds certified.

The preliminary total live weight of poultry inspected during June 2010 was 4.87 billion pounds, up two per cent from 4.79 billion pounds a year ago. Young chickens inspected totalled 4.17 billion pounds, up two per cent from June 2009. Mature chickens, at 70.8 million pounds, were down two per cent from the previous year. Turkey inspections totalled 610 million pounds, down one per cent from a year ago. Ducks totalled 13.6 million pounds, up four per cent from last year.

Young chickens slaughtered during June 2010 averaged 5.62 pounds per bird, up two per cent from June 2009. The average live weight of mature chickens was 5.73 pounds per bird, up one per cent from a year ago. Turkeys slaughtered during June 2010 averaged 29.0 pounds per bird, up two per cent from June 2009.

Ante-mortem condemnations during June 2010 totalled 12.3 million pounds. Condemnations were 0.25 per cent of the live weight inspected, as compared with 0.29 per cent a year earlier. Post-mortem condemnations, at 33.4 million pounds, were 0.90 per cent of quantities inspected, as compared with 1.03 per cent a year earlier.

Both June 2009 and June 2010 contained 22 weekdays and four Saturdays.

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.