US poultry output increases
The US Department of Agriculture has reported that US processors
produced 3.76 billion pounds (1.7 billions kilograms) of ready-to-cook chicken,
turkey and duck meat in May this year. This was a 6 percent increase compared
with the same period last year.
Totals for April 2006 were unchanged with 3.31 billion pounds of poultry meat
The USDA added that the preliminary total live weight of
poultry inspected during May 2006 was 5.03 billion pounds - also up 6 percent
from 4.73 billion pounds inspected in the same period last year.
following is a breakdown of poultry by class:
- Young chickens inspected totalled 4.32 billion pounds - up 6 percent from
- Mature chickens, at 72.3 million pounds, were down slightly from the
- Turkey inspections totalled 625 million pounds, an increase of 7 percent
from one year ago.
- Ducks totalled 17.1 million pounds - up 10 percent from last
Young chickens slaughtered during May 2006 averaged 5.49 pounds
per bird - up 2 percent from May 2005, USDA said. The average live weight of
mature chickens was 6.11 pounds per bird, up 9 percent from the same period last
year. Turkeys slaughtered during May 2006 averaged 28.6 pounds per bird - 1
percent above May 2005.
To comment, login here
Or register to be able to comment.