U.S. poultry certified wholesome during July (ready-to-cook weight) totaled 3.68 billion pounds, up 4 percent from the amount certified in July 2011, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's latest report. The June revised certified total came in at 3.67 billion pounds, down 5 percent from the June 2011 total.

The preliminary total live weight of all federally inspected poultry during July was 4.87 billion pounds, up 4 percent from 4.68 billion pounds in 2011. Young chickens inspected totaled 4.17 billion pounds, up 3 percent from July 2011 numbers. Mature chickens, at 68.9 million pounds, were down 6 percent from 2011; turkey inspections totaled 621 million pounds, up 10 percent; and ducks totaled 12.4 million pounds, up 4 percent, according to the USDA.

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Young chickens slaughtered during July averaged 5.76 pounds per bird, down slightly from July 2011 numbers. The average live weight of mature chickens was 6.09 pounds per bird, up 2 percent from 2011, while turkeys slaughtered during July averaged 29.3 pounds per bird, up 1 percent from July 2011.

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