Poultry certified wholesome during September 2011 (ready-to-cook weight) totaled 3.71 billion pounds, down 1% from the amount certified in September 2010, according to the latest report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The August 2011 revised certified total came in at 3.90 billion pounds, up 4% from August 2010. The August revision represented an increase of 57.4 million pounds from the preliminary pounds certified.

The preliminary total live weight of all federally inspected poultry during September 2011 was 4.92 billion pounds, down 2% from 5 billion pounds in 2010. Young chickens inspected totaled 4.24 billion pounds, down 2% from September 2010. Mature chickens, at 73.8 million pounds, were up 2% from 2010 numbers. Turkey inspections totaled 594 million pounds, up 2%, while ducks totaled 13.1 million pounds, down 9% from 2010.

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Young chickens slaughtered during September 2011 averaged 5.86 pounds per bird, up 2% from September 2010. The average live weight of mature chickens was 5.78 pounds per bird, up 1% from the same time in 2010. Turkeys slaughtered during September 2011 averaged 29.1 pounds per bird, up 2% from September 2010.

For more U.S. poultry information and statistics, see www.wattagnet.com/marketdata.html.