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.


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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