PORK PRODUCTION IS UP AND CHICKEN IS DOWN.

nina | February 28th, 2012 - 9:00 am

U.S. commercial pork production in January totaled 1.99 billion pounds, 5 percent above the previous year, while poultry certified wholesome (ready-to-cook weight) totaled 3.62 billion pounds, down 1 percent from the amount certified in January 2011, according to USDA reports released today.

In its Livestock Slaughter report, USDA put hog slaughter at 9.54 million head, 5 percent above January 2011 with average live weights unchanged from the previous year, at 278 pounds.

Beef production, at 2.11 billion pounds, was slightly below the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.72 million head, down 1 percent from January 2011. The average live weight was down 1 pound from the previous year, at 1,300 pounds.

In its Poultry Slaughter report, USDA revised December 2011 certified total poultry at 3.37 billion pounds, was down 9 percent from December 2010. The December revision represented an increase of 1.69 million pounds from last month’s preliminary pounds certified.

The preliminary total live weight of all federally inspected poultry during January 2012 was 4.80 billion pounds, down 1 percent from 4.84 billion pounds a year ago.

Young chickens inspected totaled 4.12 billion pounds, down 1 percent from January 2011. Mature chickens, at 67.9 million pounds, were up 6 percent from the previous year. Turkey inspections totaled 600 million pounds, up 3 percent from a year ago. Ducks totaled 14.3 million pounds, down 1 percent from last year.

Young chickens slaughtered during January 2012 averaged 5.84 pounds per bird, down slightly from January 2011. The average live weight of mature chickens was 5.29 pounds per bird, down 4 percent from a year ago. Turkeys slaughtered during January 2012 averaged 30.9 pounds per bird, up slightly from January 2012. 

January 2011 contained 21 weekdays (including 1 holiday) and five Saturdays.  January 2012 contained 22 weekdays (including 2 holidays) and four Saturdays.

Source:  meatingplace, 2/24/12

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