USDA’s August Poultry Slaughter report indicated a two percent increase in total ready-to-cook weight from August 2022.

Poultry certified wholesome during July 2023 (ready-to-cook weight) totaled 4.20 billion pounds, up two percent from the amount certified in July 2022. The June 2023 revised certified total at 4.52 billion pounds, was up two percent from June 2022. The June revision represented an increase of 19.9 million pounds from last month’s preliminary pounds certified.

The preliminary total live weight of all federally inspected poultry during July 2023 was 5.53 billion pounds, up two percent from 5.44 billion pounds a year ago. Young chickens inspected totaled 4.90 billion pounds, up 1 percent from July 2022. Mature chickens, at 71.7 million pounds, were up 11 percent from the previous year.

Young chickens slaughtered during July 2023 averaged 6.46 pounds per bird, up slightly from July 2022. The average live weight of mature chickens was 7.23 pounds per bird, up one percent from a year ago.

Ante-mortem condemnations during July 2023 totaled 13.4 million pounds. Condemnations were 0.24 percent of the live weight inspected, as compared with 0.26 percent a year earlier. Post-mortem condemnations, at 24.1 million pounds, were 0.57 percent of quantities inspected, as compared with 0.56 percent a year earlier.

The full report can be found here.