Poultry certified wholesome during January 2022 (ready-to-cook weight) totaled 4.19 billion pounds, up two percent from the amount certified in January 2021, according to USDA’s Poultry Slaughter report.

The December 2021 revised certified total at 4.18 billion pounds, was down one percent from December 2020. The December revision represented an increase of 9.52 million pounds from last month’s preliminary pounds certified.

The preliminary total live weight of all federally inspected poultry during January 2022 was 5.52 billion pounds, up two percent from 5.42 billion pounds a year ago. Young chickens inspected totaled 4.89 billion pounds, up two percent from January 2021. Mature chickens, at 61.5 million pounds, were up three percent from the previous year.

Young chickens slaughtered during January 2022 averaged 6.47 pounds per bird, up one percent from January 2021. The average live weight of mature chickens was 6.65 pounds per bird, down one percent from a year ago.

January 2021 contained 21 weekdays (including two holidays) and five Saturdays. January 2022 contained 21 weekdays (including two holidays) and five Saturdays.

 

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