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Poultry Slaughter, National Agricultural Statistics Service
USDA
Washington, D.C.
Released January 7, 2004, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service
(NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, U.S. Department of Agriculture.
For information on "Poultry Slaughter" call John Lange at 202-720-0585,
office hours 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET.
 
 Ready-to-Cook Weight Down 3 Percent
 
Poultry certified wholesome during November 2003 (ready-to-cook weight)
totaled 2.92 billion pounds, down 3 percent from the amount certified in
November 2002.  Updated totals for October 2003 show that 3.64 billion
pounds were certified.
 
The preliminary total live weight of poultry inspected during November
2003 was 3.92 billion pounds,  down 3 percent from a year ago.  Young
chickens inspected totaled 3.27 billion pounds, down 2 percent from
November 2002,  mature chickens at 54.6 million pounds, were down 18
percent from the previous year.  Turkey inspections totaled 583 million
pounds, down 7 percent, and ducks totaled 12.6 million pounds, up 4
percent from last year.
 
Young chickens slaughtered during November 2003 averaged 5.23 pounds per
bird, up 1 percent from November 2002.  The average live weight of mature
chickens was 5.86 pounds per bird, up 4 percent from a year ago.  Turkeys
slaughtered during November 2003 averaged 25.4 pounds per bird, down 2
percent from November 2002.
 
Ante-mortem condemnations during November 2003 totaled 13.1 million
pounds. Condemnations were 0.33 percent of the live weight inspected,
compared to 0.35 percent a year earlier. Post-mortem condemnations, at
36.0 million pounds (N.Y. dressed weight), were 1.02 percent of
quantities inspected, compared with 1.15 percent a year earlier.

Young Chickens Slaughtered:  Number, Live Weight, and Average Live Weight,
                    by State and United States, November 2003
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          :        Number         :                         :      Average
          :      Slaughtered      :       Live Weight       :    Live Weight
   State  :---------------------------------------------------------------------
          :  October  : November  :  October   :  November  : October :November
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          :  ---- 1,000 Head ---    ---- 1,000 Pounds ----     --- Pounds ---
          :
AL        :   92,270      75,985      483,881      394,395     5.24      5.19
AR        :  106,709      86,256      538,025      429,087     5.04      4.97
CA        :        *           *            *            *     *         *
DE        :   26,523      20,326      165,030      130,998     6.22      6.44
FL        :   10,567       9,328       58,787       52,745     5.56      5.65
GA        :  114,255      89,207      586,012      448,846     5.13      5.03
KY        :   23,724      16,730      131,666       91,826     5.55      5.49
LA        :   16,455      14,348       84,775       73,643     5.15      5.13
MD        :   15,776      12,701       79,284       62,535     5.03      4.92
MS        :   71,114      55,684      388,439      302,688     5.46      5.44
MO        :   36,308      30,634      169,738      143,082     4.67      4.67
NJ        :        *           *            *            *     *         *
NY        :        *           *            *            *     *         *
NC        :   62,636      49,770      384,522      309,656     6.14      6.22
OH        :    3,761       3,222       20,143       17,324     5.36      5.38
PA        :   10,015       7,800       54,718       41,053     5.46      5.26
SC        :   21,862      18,345      129,888      108,772     5.94      5.93
TN        :   19,438      15,602      102,625       81,203     5.28      5.20
TX        :   58,293      47,618      287,918      233,715     4.94      4.91
VA        :   29,965      24,464      152,116      118,421     5.08      4.84
WA        :    5,086           *       26,795            *     5.27      *
          :
Oth Sts   :   56,883      47,453      277,091      230,624     4.87      4.86
          :
US        :  781,640     625,473    4,121,453    3,270,613     5.27      5.23
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*Included in "Other States" to avoid disclosing individual operations.