USDA comments on poultry weight and slaughter levels
slaughtered during December 2006 averaged 2.5 kg per bird, down slightly from
The average live
weight of mature chickens was 2.7 kg per bird, up 5% from a year ago. US turkeys
slaughtered during December 2006 averaged 12.7 kg per bird, down 2% from
reported that the preliminary total live weight of poultry inspected during
December 2006 was 1.96 billion kg, down 6% from 2 billion kg a year ago. Young
chickens inspected totalled 3.70 billion pounds, down 6% from December 2005.
Mature chickens, at 26.7 million kg, were down 12% from the previous year.
inspections totalled 246 million kg, down 2% from a year ago. Ducks totalled 7.3
million kg, down 6% from last year.
Ante-mortem condemnations during December 2006 totalled 6.8 million
kg. Condemnations were 0.35% of the live weight inspected, as compared with
0.38% a year earlier. Post-mortem condemnations were 1.29% of quantities
inspected, compared with 1.37% a year earlier.
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