U.S. poultry certified wholesome during May (ready-to-cook weight) totaled 3.86 billion pounds, up 1 percent from the amount certified in May 2011, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's latest report.

The April revised certified total, at 3.52 billion pounds, was up 1 percent from April 2011. The April revision represented a decrease of 548,000 pounds from the USDA's preliminary pounds certified. The preliminary total live weight of all federally inspected poultry during May was 5.11 billion pounds, up 1 percent from 5.04 billion pounds in 2011. Young chickens inspected totaled 4.37 billion pounds, up 1 percent from May 2011 numbers. Mature chickens, at 74.8 million pounds, were up 6 percent from 2011. Turkey inspections totaled 651 million pounds, up 5 percent, and ducks totaled 14.3 million pounds, up 2 percent from 2011 numbers.

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Young chickens slaughtered during May averaged 5.83 pounds per bird, up slightly from May 2011. The average live weight of mature chickens was 5.27 pounds per bird, down 6 percent from 2011 numbers. Turkeys slaughtered during May averaged 29.8 pounds per bird, down 1 percent from May 2011. 

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