Farm Talk

January 28, 2014

Poultry slaughter up 6%

Associated Press

Parsons, Kansas — Poultry certified wholesome during December 2013 (ready-to-cook weight) totaled 3.56 billion pounds, up six percent from the amount certified in December 2012. The November 2013 revised certified total at 3.49 billion pounds, was down two percent from November 2012. The November revision represented an increase of 1.6 million pounds from last month's preliminary pounds certified.

The preliminary total live weight of all federally inspected poultry during December 2013 was 4.71 billion pounds, up seven percent from 4.42 billion pounds a year ago. Young chickens inspected totaled 4.11 billion pounds, up eight percent from December 2012. Mature chickens, at 63.5 million pounds, were up seven percent from the previous year. Turkey inspections totaled 529 million pounds, down four percent from a year ago. Ducks totaled 15.8 million pounds, up nine percent from last year.

Young chickens slaughtered during December 2013 averaged 5.99 pounds per bird, up one percent from December 2012. The average live weight of mature chickens was 5.43 pounds per bird, up seven percent from a year ago. Turkeys slaughtered during December 2013 averaged 30.7 pounds per bird, down slightly from December 2012.

Ante-mortem condemnations during December 2013 totaled 11.0 million pounds. Condemnations were 0.23 percent of the live weight inspected, as compared with 0.21 percent a year earlier. Post-mortem condemnations, at 36.1 million pounds, were 1.00 percent of quantities inspected, as compared with 0.95 percent a year earlier.

December 2012 contained 21 weekdays (including one holiday) and five Saturdays.

December 2013 contained 22 weekdays (including one holiday) and four Saturdays.