Poultry certified wholesome during September 2021 (ready-to-cook weight) totaled 4.45 billion pounds, up one percent from the amount certified in September 2020, according to USDA.

The August 2021 revised certified total at 4.43 billion pounds, was up four percent from August 2020. The August revision represented an increase of 13.9 million pounds from last month’s preliminary pounds certified, according to USDA’s latest Poultry Slaughter report.

The preliminary total live weight of all federally inspected poultry during September 2021 was 5.87 billion pounds, up one percent from 5.82 billion pounds a year ago. Young chickens inspected totaled 5.20 billion pounds, up one percent from September 2020. Mature chickens, at 64.7 million pounds, were down seven percent from the previous year.

Young chickens slaughtered during September 2021 averaged 6.55 pounds per bird, up one percent from September 2020. The average live weight of mature chickens was 7.02 pounds per bird, down one percent from a year ago.

September 2020 contained 22 weekdays (including 1 holiday) and 4 Saturdays. September 2021 contained 22 weekdays (including 1 holiday) and 4 Saturdays.

 

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