U.S. poultry certified wholesome during April (ready-to-cook weight) totaled 3.52 billion pounds, up 1 percent from the amount certified in April 2011, according to the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture report.
The preliminary total live weight of all federally inspected poultry during April was 4.66 billion pounds, up 1 percent from 4.6 billion pounds in 2011. Young chickens inspected totaled 3.99 billion pounds, up 1 percent from April 2011 numbers. Mature chickens, at 65.7 million pounds, were down 1 percent from the same time in 2011; turkey inspections totaled 597 million pounds, up 4 percent; and ducks totaled 13.6 million pounds, up 1 percent.
Young chickens slaughtered during April averaged 5.84 pounds per bird, up 1 percent from April 2011 numbers. The average live weight of mature chickens was 5.06 pounds per bird, down 10 percent from the same time in 2011, while turkeys slaughtered during April averaged 30.2 pounds per bird, up 1 percent.
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