U.S. poultry certified wholesome during September (ready-to-cook weight) totaled 3.43 billion pounds, down 7 percent from the amount certified in September 2011, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's latest report.

The August revised certified total, at 3.91 billion pounds, was up slightly from August 2011. The August revision represented an increase of 1.79 million pounds from September's preliminary pounds certified. The preliminary total live weight of all federally inspected poultry during September was 4.55 billion pounds, down 8 percent from 4.92 billion pounds in 2011.

Young chickens inspected totaled 3.9 billion pounds, down 8 percent from September 2011 numbers. Mature chickens, at 69.1 million pounds, were down 6 percent from 2011. Turkey inspections totaled 567 million pounds, down 5 percent, while ducks totaled 12.1 million pounds, down 12 percent, according to the USDA.

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Young chickens slaughtered during September averaged 5.88 pounds per bird, up slightly from September 2011. The average live weight of mature chickens was 5.89 pounds per bird, up 2 percent from 2011 numbers. Turkeys slaughtered during September averaged 29.3 pounds per bird, up 1 percent from September 2011.

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