Poultry Slaughter
Poultry Slaughter

ISSN: 1949-1581

Released December 22, 2020, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service 
(NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of 
Agriculture (USDA).

Ready-to-Cook Weight Up 1 Percent from Last Year

November 2019 contained 21 weekdays (including 2 holidays) and 5 Saturdays. 
November 2020 contained 21 weekdays (including 2 holidays) and 4 Saturdays.

Poultry certified wholesome during November 2020 (ready-to-cook weight) 
totaled 3.98 billion pounds, up 1 percent from the amount certified in 
November 2019. The October 2020 revised certified total at 
4.43 billion pounds, was down  
6 percent from October 2019. The October revision represented an increase of 
6.10 million pounds from last month's preliminary pounds certified.

The preliminary total live weight of all federally inspected poultry during 
November 2020 was 5.24 billion pounds, up 1 percent from 5.21 billion pounds 
a year ago. Young chickens inspected totaled 4.59 billion pounds, up 
1 percent from November 2019. Mature chickens, at 57.7 million pounds, were 
down 7 percent from the previous year. Turkey inspections totaled 
573 million pounds, down 2 percent from a year ago. Ducks totaled 
11.6 million pounds, down 23 percent from last year.

Young chickens slaughtered during November 2020 averaged 6.40 pounds per 
bird, up slightly from November 2019. The average live weight of mature 
chickens was 6.84 pounds per bird, down 1 percent from a year ago. Turkeys 
slaughtered during November 2020 averaged 30.4 pounds per bird, up slightly 
from November 2019.

Ante-mortem condemnations during November 2020 totaled 11.2 million pounds. 
Condemnations were 0.21 percent of the live weight inspected, as compared 
with 0.24 percent a year earlier. Post-mortem condemnations, at 
25.3 million pounds, were 0.63 percent of quantities inspected, as compared 
with 0.72 percent a year earlier.

Poultry Slaughtered, Total Live Weight, and Average Live Weight by Type - United States
[Federally inspected only]
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                    :            :            :            : November 2020 as % of :          January          :        
                    :            :            :            :-----------------------:        to November        :2020 as 
      Commodity     :  November  :  October   :  November  : November  :  October  :---------------------------:percent 
                    :    2019    :    2020    :    2020    :   2019    :   2020    :    2019     :    2020     :of 2019 
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                    : ------------ 1,000 head -----------       --- percent ---      ------ 1,000 head ------   percent 
                    :                                                                                                   
Slaughtered         :                                                                                                   
Chickens            :                                                                                                   
  Young ............:   712,323      787,752      718,028       101          91       8,466,474     8,460,268     100   
  Mature ...........:     9,038       10,240        8,441        93          82         106,048       107,543     101   
    Light ..........:     2,570        2,794        2,520        98          90          31,856        31,461      99   
    Heavy ..........:     6,468        7,446        5,921        92          80          74,192        76,082     103   
  Total ............:   721,361      797,992      726,469       101          91       8,572,522     8,567,811     100   
                    :                                                                                                   
Turkeys             :                                                                                                   
  Young ............:    19,204       20,903       18,714        97          90         209,152       203,826      97   
  Old ..............:       135          179          132        98          74           1,622         1,506      93   
  Total ............:    19,339       21,082       18,846        97          89         210,774       205,332      97   
                    :                                                                                                   
Ducks ..............:     2,099        1,703        1,655        79          97          25,057        20,501      82   
                    :                                                                                                   
                    : ----------- 1,000 pounds ----------       --- percent ---      ----- 1,000 pounds -----   percent 
                    :                                                                                                   
Total live weight   :                                                                                                   
Chickens            :                                                                                                   
  Young ............: 4,544,504    5,102,660    4,593,801       101          90      53,444,337    54,207,340     101   
  Mature ...........:    62,364       71,035       57,740        93          81         722,909       738,175     102   
    Light ..........:     9,084        9,689        8,695        96          90         110,526       109,105      99   
    Heavy ..........:    53,280       61,346       49,045        92          80         612,383       629,070     103   
  Total ............: 4,606,868    5,173,695    4,651,541       101          90      54,167,246    54,945,515     101   
                    :                                                                                                   
Turkeys             :                                                                                                   
  Young ............:   583,138      647,572      569,075        98          88       6,679,123     6,557,722      98   
  Old ..............:     4,088        5,415        3,862        94          71          48,134        45,333      94   
  Total ............:   587,226      652,987      572,937        98          88       6,727,257     6,603,055      98   
                    :                                                                                                   
Ducks ..............:    14,992       11,993       11,584        77          97         175,944       142,758      81   
                    :                                                                                                   
Other 1/ ...........:       426          773          400        94          52           4,033         3,415      85   
                    :                                                                                                   
Total ..............: 5,209,512    5,839,448    5,236,462       101          90      61,074,480    61,694,743     101   
                    :                                                                                                   
                    :     ------------ pounds -----------       --- percent ---           ------ pounds -----   percent 
                    :                                                                                                   
Average live weight :                                                                                                   
Chickens            :                                                                                                   
  Young ............:      6.38         6.48         6.40       100          99            6.31          6.41     102   
  Mature ...........:      6.90         6.94         6.84        99          99            6.82          6.86     101   
    Light ..........:      3.53         3.47         3.45        98          99            3.47          3.47     100   
    Heavy ..........:      8.24         8.24         8.28       100         100            8.25          8.27     100   
  Total ............:      6.39         6.48         6.40       100          99            6.32          6.41     101   
                    :                                                                                                   
Turkeys             :                                                                                                   
  Young ............:     30.37        30.98        30.41       100          98           31.93         32.17     101   
  Old ..............:     30.28        30.25        29.26        97          97           29.68         30.10     101   
  Total ............:     30.36        30.97        30.40       100          98           31.92         32.16     101   
                    :                                                                                                   
Ducks ..............:      7.14         7.04         7.00        98          99            7.02          6.96      99   
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1/ Includes geese, guineas, ostriches, emus, rheas, and squab.                                                          

Chilled and Frozen Pounds Certified by Type - United States
[Ready-to-cook weights]
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                    :            :            :            : November 2020 as % of :          January          :        
                    :            :            :            :-----------------------:        to November        :2020 as 
      Commodity     :  November  :  October   :  November  : November  :  October  :---------------------------:percent 
                    :    2019    :    2020    :    2020    :   2019    :   2020    :    2019     :    2020     :of 2019 
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                    : ----------- 1,000 pounds ----------       --- percent ---      ----- 1,000 pounds -----   percent 
                    :                                                                                                   
Chilled             :                                                                                                   
Chickens            :                                                                                                   
  Young ............: 3,196,098    3,587,770    3,234,395       101          90      37,371,794    37,964,399     102   
  Mature ...........:    42,475       48,916       39,603        93          81         486,607       506,442     104   
    Light ..........:     4,553        4,906        4,363        96          89          56,225        55,652      99   
    Heavy ..........:    37,922       44,010       35,240        93          80         430,382       450,790     105   
  Total ............: 3,238,573    3,636,686    3,273,998       101          90      37,858,401    38,470,841     102   
                    :                                                                                                   
Turkeys             :                                                                                                   
  Young ............:   307,162      328,092      291,308        95          89       3,373,897     3,268,500      97   
  Old ..............:     3,102        4,115        2,798        90          68          35,035        33,447      95   
  Total ............:   310,264      332,207      294,106        95          89       3,408,932     3,301,947      97   
                    :                                                                                                   
Ducks ..............:     4,665        3,390        3,116        67          92          48,772        38,807      80   
                    :                                                                                                   
Other 1/ ...........:       199          157          124        62          79           1,686         1,438      85   
                    :                                                                                                   
Total ..............: 3,553,701    3,972,440    3,571,344       100          90      41,317,791    41,813,033     101   
                    :                                                                                                   
Frozen              :                                                                                                   
Chickens            :                                                                                                   
  Young ............:   231,028      261,101      234,939       102          90       2,885,939     2,888,366     100   
  Mature ...........:         -            -            -       (X)         (X)              77             -     (X)   
    Light ..........:         -            -            -       (X)         (X)               -             -     (X)   
    Heavy ..........:         -            -            -       (X)         (X)              77             -     (X)   
  Total ............:   231,028      261,101      234,939       102          90       2,886,016     2,888,366     100   
                    :                                                                                                   
Turkeys             :                                                                                                   
  Young ............:   158,929      190,546      163,711       103          86       1,960,663     1,969,991     100   
  Old ..............:        40           79          223       558         282           1,291           905      70   
  Total ............:   158,969      190,625      163,934       103          86       1,961,954     1,970,896     100   
                    :                                                                                                   
Ducks ..............:     6,329        5,380        5,372        85         100          79,567        65,660      83   
                    :                                                                                                   
Other 1/ ...........:        88          328          135       153          41             940           796      85   
                    :                                                                                                   
Total ..............:   396,414      457,434      404,380       102          88       4,928,477     4,925,718     100   
                    :                                                                                                   
Chilled and frozen  :                                                                                                   
Chickens            :                                                                                                   
  Young ............: 3,427,126    3,848,871    3,469,334       101          90      40,257,733    40,852,765     101   
  Mature ...........:    42,475       48,916       39,603        93          81         486,684       506,442     104   
    Light ..........:     4,553        4,906        4,363        96          89          56,225        55,652      99   
    Heavy ..........:    37,922       44,010       35,240        93          80         430,459       450,790     105   
  Total ............: 3,469,601    3,897,787    3,508,937       101          90      40,744,417    41,359,207     102   
                    :                                                                                                   
Turkeys             :                                                                                                   
  Young ............:   466,091      518,638      455,019        98          88       5,334,560     5,238,491      98   
  Old ..............:     3,142        4,194        3,021        96          72          36,326        34,352      95   
  Total ............:   469,233      522,832      458,040        98          88       5,370,886     5,272,843      98   
                    :                                                                                                   
Ducks ..............:    10,994        8,770        8,488        77          97         128,339       104,467      81   
                    :                                                                                                   
Other 1/ ...........:       287          485          259        90          53           2,626         2,234      85   
                    :                                                                                                   
Total ..............: 3,950,115    4,429,874    3,975,724       101          90      46,246,268    46,738,751     101   
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-   Represents zero.                                                                                                    
(X) Not applicable.                                                                                                     
1/  Includes geese, guineas, and squab.                                                                                 

Ante-Mortem Condemnations by Type - United States
[Federally inspected only]
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                    :            :            :            : November 2020 as % of :          January          :        
                    :            :            :            :-----------------------:        to November        :2020 as 
      Commodity     :  November  :  October   :  November  : November  :  October  :---------------------------:percent 
                    :    2019    :    2020    :    2020    :   2019    :   2020    :    2019     :    2020     :of 2019 
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                    :   --------- 1,000 pounds ---------        --- percent ---        ---- 1,000 pounds ---    percent 
                    :                                                                                                   
Live weight         :                                                                                                   
Chickens            :                                                                                                   
  Young ............:   10,653        9,712        9,109         86          94        119,974       108,440       90   
  Mature ...........:      531          560          544        102          97          6,373         6,508      102   
    Light ..........:      102           80           81         79         101          1,280         1,114       87   
    Heavy ..........:      429          480          463        108          96          5,093         5,394      106   
  Total ............:   11,184       10,272        9,653         86          94        126,347       114,948       91   
                    :                                                                                                   
Turkeys ............:                                                                                                   
  Young ............:    1,348        1,612        1,500        111          93         18,217        17,875       98   
  Old ..............:       35           24           22         63          92            452           367       81   
  Total ............:    1,383        1,636        1,522        110          93         18,669        18,242       98   
                    :                                                                                                   
Ducks ..............:       78           54           49         63          91            868           665       77   
                    :                                                                                                   
Total 1/ ...........:   12,646       11,964       11,225         89          94        145,897       133,860       92   
                    :                                                                                                   
                    :                                              percent                                              
                    :                                                                                                   
Percent of live     :                                                                                                   
weight condemned 2/ :                                                                                                   
Chickens            :                                                                                                   
  Young ............:     0.23         0.19         0.20         87         105           0.22          0.20       91   
  Mature ...........:     0.85         0.79         0.94        111         119           0.88          0.88      100   
    Light ..........:     1.12         0.83         0.93         83         112           1.16          1.02       88   
    Heavy ..........:     0.81         0.78         0.94        116         121           0.83          0.86      104   
  Total ............:     0.24         0.20         0.21         88         105           0.23          0.21       91   
                    :                                                                                                   
Turkeys             :                                                                                                   
  Young ............:     0.23         0.25         0.26        113         104           0.27          0.27      100   
  Old ..............:     0.86         0.44         0.57         66         130           0.94          0.81       86   
  Total ............:     0.24         0.25         0.27        113         108           0.28          0.28      100   
                    :                                                                                                   
Ducks ..............:     0.52         0.45         0.42         81          93           0.49          0.47       96   
                    :                                                                                                   
Total 1/ ...........:     0.24         0.20         0.21         88         105           0.24          0.22       92   
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1/ Includes geese, guineas, and squab.                                                                                  
2/ Pounds condemned as a percent of live weight pounds inspected.                                                       

Post-Mortem Condemnations by Type - United States
[Federally inspected only]
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                    :            :            :            : November 2020 as % of :          January          :        
                    :            :            :            :-----------------------:        to November        :2020 as 
      Commodity     :  November  :  October   :  November  : November  :  October  :---------------------------:percent 
                    :    2019    :    2020    :    2020    :   2019    :   2020    :    2019     :    2020     :of 2019 
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                    :   --------- 1,000 pounds ---------        --- percent ---        ---- 1,000 pounds ---    percent 
                    :                                                                                                   
Carcass and parts   :                                                                                                   
Chickens            :                                                                                                   
  Young ............:   20,276       20,271       17,608         87          87        262,262       233,809       89   
  Mature ...........:    1,682        2,230        1,649         98          74         18,245        19,338      106   
    Light ..........:      397          424          397        100          94          4,284         4,565      107   
    Heavy ..........:    1,285        1,806        1,252         97          69         13,961        14,773      106   
  Total ............:   21,958       22,501       19,257         88          86        280,507       253,147       90   
                    :                                                                                                   
Turkeys             :                                                                                                   
  Young ............:    6,296        6,282        5,844         93          93         76,611        69,004       90   
  Old ..............:      135          124           85         63          69          1,638         1,421       87   
  Total ............:    6,431        6,406        5,929         92          93         78,249        70,425       90   
                    :                                                                                                   
Ducks ..............:      272          164          148         54          90          3,265         2,522       77   
                    :                                                                                                   
Other 1/ ...........:        3           10            3        100          30             35            37      106   
                    :                                                                                                   
Total ..............:   28,664       29,081       25,337         88          87        362,056       326,131       90   
                    :                                                                                                   
                    :                                              percent                                              
                    :                                                                                                   
Percent of          :                                                                                                   
weight condemned 2/ :                                                                                                   
Chickens            :                                                                                                   
  Young ............:     0.59         0.52         0.50         85          96           0.65          0.57       88   
  Mature ...........:     3.81         4.36         4.00        105          92           3.61          3.68      102   
    Light ..........:     8.02         7.95         8.34        104         105           7.08          7.58      107   
    Heavy ..........:     3.28         3.94         3.43        105          87           3.14          3.17      101   
  Total ............:     0.63         0.57         0.55         87          96           0.68          0.61       90   
                    :                                                                                                   
Turkeys             :                                                                                                   
  Young ............:     1.33         1.20         1.27         95         106           1.42          1.30       92   
  Old ..............:     4.12         2.87         2.74         67          95           4.31          3.97       92   
  Total ............:     1.35         1.21         1.28         95         106           1.44          1.32       92   
                    :                                                                                                   
Ducks ..............:     2.41         1.84         1.71         71          93           2.48          2.36       95   
                    :                                                                                                   
Other 1/ ...........:     1.03         2.02         1.15        112          57           1.32          1.63      123   
                    :                                                                                                   
Total ..............:     0.72         0.65         0.63         88          97           0.78          0.69       88   
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1/ Includes geese, guineas, and squab.                                                                                  
2/ Pounds condemned as a percent of pounds certified plus post-mortem condemnations.                                    

Condemned Post-Mortem by Cause and Type - United States: October and November 2020
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     Commodity     :    Tuberculosis     :      Leukosis       :     Septicaemia     
                   :-----------------------------------------------------------------
                   : October  : November : October  : November : October  : November 
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                   :                              head                               
                   :                                                                 
Chickens           :                                                                 
  Young ...........:    -          -         904        800      508,784    520,842  
  Mature ..........:    -          -          55         27       80,020     87,815  
    Light .........:    -          -          24          4       54,047     63,954  
    Heavy .........:    -          -          31         23       25,973     23,861  
  Total ...........:    -          -         959        827      588,804    608,657  
                   :                                                                 
Turkeys            :                                                                 
  Young ...........:    -          -          14         30       14,608     12,444  
  Old .............:    -          -           8          8          602        438  
  Total ...........:    -          -          22         38       15,210     12,882  

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     Commodity     :    Airsacculitis    :      Synovitis      :       Tumors        
                   :-----------------------------------------------------------------
                   : October  : November : October  : November : October  : November 
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                   :                              head                               
                   :                                                                 
Chickens           :                                                                 
  Young ...........: 200,120    210,372     1,105      1,393      11,645     10,995  
  Mature ..........:  15,353     14,607       165        272      31,131     28,648  
    Light .........:   8,742      8,427        56         81      14,622     12,167  
    Heavy .........:   6,611      6,180       109        191      16,509     16,481  
  Total ...........: 215,473    224,979     1,270      1,665      42,776     39,643  
                   :                                                                 
Turkeys            :                                                                 
  Young ...........:   2,743      2,090       240        289          33         54  
  Old .............:     200        209         6          3         132         83  
  Total ...........:   2,943      2,299       246        292         165        137  

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     Commodity     :       Bruises       :       Cadaver       :    Contamination    
                   :-----------------------------------------------------------------
                   : October  : November : October  : November : October  : November 
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                   :                              head                               
                   :                                                                 
Chickens           :                                                                 
  Young ...........:  6,232      5,996      34,025     33,180    115,817    109,081  
  Mature ..........:  1,223      1,274         227        415     31,356     29,530  
    Light .........:    756        879         105        271     27,729     26,077  
    Heavy .........:    467        395         122        144      3,627      3,453  
  Total ...........:  7,455      7,270      34,252     33,595    147,173    138,611  
                   :                                                                 
Turkeys            :                                                                 
  Young ...........:    146        155         290        253      1,024      1,252  
  Old .............:     10          7          23         11         25         12  
  Total ...........:    156        162         313        264      1,049      1,264  

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     Commodity     :      Overscald      :  Miscellaneous 1/   :        Total        
                   :-----------------------------------------------------------------
                   : October  : November : October  : November : October  : November 
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                   :                              head                               
                   :                                                                 
Chickens           :                                                                 
  Young ...........:  26,724     22,283    592,141    624,316   1,497,497  1,539,258 
  Mature ..........:     585        266     56,053     64,345     216,168    227,199 
    Light .........:       8          7     34,661     42,805     140,750    154,672 
    Heavy .........:     577        259     21,392     21,540      75,418     72,527 
  Total ...........:  27,309     22,549    648,194    688,661   1,713,665  1,766,457 
                   :                                                                 
Turkeys            :                                                                 
  Young ...........:     247        128      9,463      8,267      28,808     24,962 
  Old .............:      15          3        584        641       1,605      1,415 
  Total ...........:     262        131     10,047      8,908      30,413     26,377 
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-  Represents zero.                                                                  
1/ Includes any portion of the carcass affected by an inflammatory process,          
   plant-rejected carcasses, missing viscera, or ascites fluid preventing proper     
   inspection of the carcass.                                                        

Young Chickens Slaughtered, Total Live Weight, and Average Live Weight - States and
United States: October and November 2020
[Data may not add to totals due to rounding]
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                 :       Slaughtered       :          Total          :       Average       
                 :                         :       live weight       :     live weight     
      State      :-------------------------------------------------------------------------
                 :  October   :  November  :  October   :  November  : October  : November 
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                 :  ---- 1,000 head ----     ---- 1,000 pounds ----     ----- pounds ----  
                 :                                                                         
Alabama .........:  100,980       92,700       558,790      505,287       5.53       5.45  
Alaska ..........:        -            -             -            -          -          -  
Arizona .........:        -            -             -            -          -          -  
Arkansas ........:   85,716       77,569       607,906      553,138       7.09       7.13  
California ......:   21,703       21,032       129,405      126,826       5.96       6.03  
Colorado ........:      (D)          (D)           (D)          (D)        (D)        (D)  
Connecticut .....:        -            -             -            -          -          -  
Delaware ........:   29,422       24,479       234,459      197,517       7.97       8.07  
Florida .........:      (D)          (D)           (D)          (D)        (D)        (D)  
Georgia .........:  108,989       99,731       679,723      590,684       6.24       5.92  
                 :                                                                         
Hawaii ..........:        -            -             -            -          -          -  
Idaho ...........:      (D)          (D)           (D)          (D)        (D)        (D)  
Illinois ........:      (D)          (D)           (D)          (D)        (D)        (D)  
Indiana .........:    6,410        5,471        29,786       24,701       4.65       4.51  
Iowa ............:      832          867         4,708        4,977       5.66       5.74  
Kansas ..........:      (D)          (D)           (D)          (D)        (D)        (D)  
Kentucky ........:   24,639       21,743       160,792      137,347       6.53       6.32  
Louisiana .......:   14,934       14,336       103,994      100,987       6.96       7.04  
Maine ...........:      (D)          (D)           (D)          (D)        (D)        (D)  
Maryland ........:   11,229       10,378        75,168       68,481       6.69       6.60  
                 :                                                                         
Massachusetts ...:        -            -             -            -          -          -  
Michigan ........:      (D)          (D)           (D)          (D)        (D)        (D)  
Minnesota .......:      (D)          (D)           (D)          (D)        (D)        (D)  
Mississippi .....:   57,667       55,135       371,538      351,324       6.44       6.37  
Missouri ........:   35,380       31,292       177,331      155,495       5.01       4.97  
Montana .........:        -            -             -            -          -          -  
Nebraska ........:      (D)          (D)           (D)          (D)        (D)        (D)  
Nevada ..........:        -            -             -            -          -          -  
New Hampshire ...:        -            -             -            -          -          -  
New Jersey ......:      129          152           641          735       4.99       4.83  
                 :                                                                         
New Mexico ......:        -            -             -            -          -          -  
New York ........:    2,228        2,224        11,181       10,959       5.02       4.93  
North Carolina ..:   79,513       70,681       660,860      589,649       8.31       8.34  
North Dakota ....:        -            -             -            -          -          -  
Ohio ............:      (D)          (D)           (D)          (D)        (D)        (D)  
Oklahoma ........:   10,673       10,077        74,981       68,455       7.03       6.79  
Oregon ..........:      (D)          (D)           (D)          (D)        (D)        (D)  
Pennsylvania ....:   11,069       10,232        62,846       58,386       5.68       5.71  
Rhode Island ....:      (D)          (D)           (D)          (D)        (D)        (D)  
South Carolina ..:   25,231       22,843       197,435      177,205       7.83       7.76  
                 :                                                                         
South Dakota ....:        -            -             -            -          -          -  
Tennessee .......:   26,985       23,720       148,859      129,828       5.52       5.47  
Texas ...........:   61,501       55,063       406,851      366,592       6.62       6.66  
Utah ............:        -            -             -            -          -          -  
Vermont .........:      (D)          (D)           (D)          (D)        (D)        (D)  
Virginia ........:   27,307       24,680       167,780      149,535       6.14       6.06  
Washington ......:      (D)          (D)           (D)          (D)        (D)        (D)  
West Virginia ...:      (D)          (D)           (D)          (D)        (D)        (D)  
Wisconsin .......:      (D)          (D)           (D)          (D)        (D)        (D)  
Wyoming .........:        -            -             -            -          -          -  
                 :                                                                         
United States ...:  787,752      718,028     5,102,660    4,593,801       6.48       6.40  
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-   Represents zero.                                                                       
(D) Withheld to avoid disclosing data for individual operations.                           

Young Chickens Pounds Certified and Post-Mortem Condemnations - States and United States:
October and November 2020
[Data may not add to totals due to rounding]
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                 :                         :           Post-mortem condemnations           
                 :Total chilled and frozen :-----------------------------------------------
      State      :   pounds certified 1/   :    Carcass and parts    :     Percent 2/      
                 :-------------------------------------------------------------------------
                 :  October   :  November  :  October   :  November  : October  : November 
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                 : ----------------- 1,000 pounds ----------------      ---- percent ----  
                 :                                                                         
Alabama .........:   425,999      384,957       2,038        1,609        0.48       0.42  
Alaska ..........:         -            -           -            -         (X)        (X)  
Arizona .........:         -            -           -            -         (X)        (X)  
Arkansas ........:   457,645      415,440       1,828        1,577        0.40       0.38  
California ......:    97,536       95,230         562          658        0.57       0.69  
Colorado ........:       (D)          (D)         (D)          (D)         (D)        (D)  
Connecticut .....:         -            -           -            -         (X)        (X)  
Delaware ........:   180,919      153,792         856          617        0.47       0.40  
Florida .........:       (D)          (D)         (D)          (D)         (D)        (D)  
Georgia .........:   508,654      448,172       3,559        3,151        0.69       0.70  
                 :                                                                         
Hawaii ..........:         -            -           -            -         (X)        (X)  
Idaho ...........:       (D)          (D)         (D)          (D)         (D)        (D)  
Illinois ........:       (D)          (D)         (D)          (D)         (D)        (D)  
Indiana .........:    21,755       18,000          68           81        0.31       0.45  
Iowa ............:     3,136        3,465         487          331       13.43       8.71  
Kansas ..........:       (D)          (D)         (D)          (D)         (D)        (D)  
Kentucky ........:   121,799      103,878         568          557        0.46       0.53  
Louisiana .......:    78,607       76,279         355          311        0.45       0.41  
Maine ...........:       (D)          (D)         (D)          (D)         (D)        (D)  
Maryland ........:    56,594       51,364         270          235        0.47       0.46  
                 :                                                                         
Massachusetts ...:         -            -           -            -         (X)        (X)  
Michigan ........:       (D)          (D)         (D)          (D)         (D)        (D)  
Minnesota .......:       (D)          (D)         (D)          (D)         (D)        (D)  
Mississippi .....:   277,659      261,898       1,068        1,063        0.38       0.40  
Missouri ........:   130,184      114,361         367          314        0.28       0.27  
Montana .........:         -            -           -            -         (X)        (X)  
Nebraska ........:       (D)          (D)         (D)          (D)         (D)        (D)  
Nevada ..........:         -            -           -            -         (X)        (X)  
New Hampshire ...:         -            -           -            -         (X)        (X)  
New Jersey ......:       473          543           6            7        1.21       1.35  
                 :                                                                         
New Mexico ......:         -            -           -            -         (X)        (X)  
New York ........:     6,821        6,641          75          109        1.09       1.61  
North Carolina ..:   510,316      455,248       1,912        1,650        0.37       0.36  
North Dakota ....:         -            -           -            -         (X)        (X)  
Ohio ............:       (D)          (D)         (D)          (D)         (D)        (D)  
Oklahoma ........:    56,293       51,271         244          239        0.43       0.46  
Oregon ..........:       (D)          (D)         (D)          (D)         (D)        (D)  
Pennsylvania ....:    43,235       40,234         944          843        2.14       2.05  
Rhode Island ....:       (D)          (D)         (D)          (D)         (D)        (D)  
South Carolina ..:   148,393      133,338         839          719        0.56       0.54  
                 :                                                                         
South Dakota ....:         -            -           -            -         (X)        (X)  
Tennessee .......:   109,689       96,020         613          574        0.56       0.59  
Texas ...........:   311,079      280,193       2,142        1,543        0.68       0.55  
Utah ............:         -            -           -            -         (X)        (X)  
Vermont .........:       (D)          (D)         (D)          (D)         (D)        (D)  
Virginia ........:   125,099      111,384         429          328        0.34       0.29  
Washington ......:       (D)          (D)         (D)          (D)         (D)        (D)  
West Virginia ...:       (D)          (D)         (D)          (D)         (D)        (D)  
Wisconsin .......:       (D)          (D)         (D)          (D)         (D)        (D)  
Wyoming .........:         -            -           -            -         (X)        (X)  
                 :                                                                         
United States ...: 3,848,871    3,469,334      20,271       17,608        0.52       0.50  
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-   Represents zero.                                                                       
(D) Withheld to avoid disclosing data for individual operations.                           
(X) Not applicable.                                                                        
1/  Ready-to-cook weights.                                                                 
2/  Pounds condemned as percent of pounds certified plus post-mortem condemnations.        

Young Chickens Condemned Post-Mortem by Cause - States and United States: October
and November 2020
[Published States do not add to United States total to avoid disclosure]
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
       State       :    Tuberculosis     :      Leukosis       :     Septicaemia     
                   :-----------------------------------------------------------------
                   : October  : November : October  : November : October  : November 
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                   :                              head                               
                   :                                                                 
Alabama ...........:    -          -          60         51       30,577     29,415  
Arkansas ..........:    -          -          36         36       31,041     31,061  
Delaware ..........:    -          -         112         58       20,722     13,334  
Georgia ...........:    -          -           5          4       48,698     49,943  
Mississippi .......:    -          -          35         35        9,209     13,560  
North Carolina ....:    -          -          68         68       41,381     41,385  
Texas .............:    -          -         110        101       55,379     55,394  
Virginia ..........:    -          -          18         21       17,539     15,526  
                   :                                                                 
United States .....:    -          -         904        800      508,784    520,842  

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       State       :    Airsacculitis    :      Synovitis      :       Tumors        
                   :-----------------------------------------------------------------
                   : October  : November : October  : November : October  : November 
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                   :                              head                               
                   :                                                                 
Alabama ...........:  26,790     26,419       103        121       1,190      1,121  
Arkansas ..........:   6,736      6,647       100         97       1,004      1,002  
Delaware ..........:   9,888      8,768        45         22         247        177  
Georgia ...........:  43,165     45,699        54         96       1,559      1,324  
Mississippi .......:   5,276      5,276        10         10         572        572  
North Carolina ....:  10,574     10,573        47         47         903        903  
Texas .............:  16,266     17,648        99        100         878        878  
Virginia ..........:   7,004      8,012         2         18         163        135  
                   :                                                                 
United States .....: 200,120    210,372     1,105      1,393      11,645     10,995  

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       State       :       Bruises       :       Cadaver       :    Contamination    
                   :-----------------------------------------------------------------
                   : October  : November : October  : November : October  : November 
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                   :                              head                               
                   :                                                                 
Alabama ...........:    523        514       3,074      3,150     12,409     11,962  
Arkansas ..........:    167        173       2,798      2,795      3,356      3,305  
Delaware ..........:    545        342       1,337        654      3,295      1,839  
Georgia ...........:    611        621       9,020      8,573     56,209     50,931  
Mississippi .......:    433        433       1,888      1,888        790        790  
North Carolina ....:    359        359       3,190      3,640      2,123      2,123  
Texas .............:    314        306         338        315      3,567      3,662  
Virginia ..........:    443        469         539        489      1,846      1,582  
                   :                                                                 
United States .....:  6,232      5,996      34,025     33,180    115,817    109,081  

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       State       :      Overscald      :  Miscellaneous 1/   :        Total        
                   :-----------------------------------------------------------------
                   : October  : November : October  : November : October  : November 
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                   :                              head                               
                   :                                                                 
Alabama ...........:     426        377     38,447     30,745     113,599    103,875 
Arkansas ..........:   1,871      1,790     81,379     81,317     128,488    128,223 
Delaware ..........:   1,713      1,184     21,911      4,731      59,815     31,109 
Georgia ...........:   6,081      4,167     94,570    157,392     259,972    318,750 
Mississippi .......:   1,015      1,015      9,317      9,317      28,545     32,896 
North Carolina ....:   1,986      1,986     19,711     19,713      80,342     80,797 
Texas .............:     662        505     18,082     18,254      95,695     97,163 
Virginia ..........:     378        328     13,193      9,471      41,125     36,051 
                   :                                                                 
United States .....:  26,724     22,283    592,141    624,316   1,497,497  1,539,258 
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-  Represents zero.                                                                  
1/ Includes any portion of the carcass affected by an inflammatory process,          
   plant-rejected carcasses, missing viscera, or ascites fluid preventing proper     
   inspection of the carcass.                                                        

Young Turkeys Slaughtered, Total Live Weight, and Average Live Weight - States and
United States: October and November 2020
[Data may not add to totals due to rounding]
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                 :       Slaughtered       :          Total          :       Average       
                 :                         :       live weight       :     live weight     
      State      :-------------------------------------------------------------------------
                 :  October   :  November  :  October   :  November  : October  : November 
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                 :   ---- 1,000 head ---      --- 1,000 pounds ---      ----- pounds ----  
                 :                                                                         
Alabama .........:      (D)          (D)          (D)          (D)         (D)        (D)  
Alaska ..........:        -            -            -            -           -          -  
Arizona .........:        -            -            -            -           -          -  
Arkansas ........:    3,657        3,330       73,193       64,806       20.02      19.46  
California ......:      (D)          (D)          (D)          (D)         (D)        (D)  
Colorado ........:        -            -            -            -           -          -  
Connecticut .....:        -            -            -            -           -          -  
Delaware ........:        -            -            -            -           -          -  
Florida .........:        -          (D)            -          (D)           -        (D)  
Georgia .........:      (D)          (D)          (D)          (D)         (D)        (D)  
                 :                                                                         
Hawaii ..........:        -            -            -            -           -          -  
Idaho ...........:      (D)          (D)          (D)          (D)         (D)        (D)  
Illinois ........:       10           50          231        1,247       24.22      25.03  
Indiana .........:    1,982        1,766       76,461       68,482       38.58      38.77  
Iowa ............:    1,222        1,124       52,624       48,594       43.07      43.24  
Kansas ..........:      (D)          (D)          (D)          (D)         (D)        (D)  
Kentucky ........:      (D)          (D)          (D)          (D)         (D)        (D)  
Louisiana .......:        -            -            -            -           -          -  
Maine ...........:      (D)          (D)          (D)          (D)         (D)        (D)  
Maryland ........:      (D)          (D)          (D)          (D)         (D)        (D)  
                 :                                                                         
Massachusetts ...:        -            -            -            -           -          -  
Michigan ........:      (D)          (D)          (D)          (D)         (D)        (D)  
Minnesota .......:    3,911        3,859       99,678       93,694       25.49      24.28  
Mississippi .....:        -            -            -            -           -          -  
Missouri ........:      955          693       32,868       24,592       34.41      35.47  
Montana .........:        -            -            -            -           -          -  
Nebraska ........:        -            -            -            -           -          -  
Nevada ..........:        -            -            -            -           -          -  
New Hampshire ...:        -            -            -            -           -          -  
New Jersey ......:      (D)          (D)          (D)          (D)         (D)        (D)  
                 :                                                                         
New Mexico ......:        -            -            -            -           -          -  
New York ........:      (D)          (D)          (D)          (D)         (D)        (D)  
North Carolina ..:    1,980        1,761       75,937       61,254       38.35      34.79  
North Dakota ....:        -            -            -            -           -          -  
Ohio ............:      576          588       27,256       25,946       47.28      44.13  
Oklahoma ........:        -            -            -            -           -          -  
Oregon ..........:        -          (D)            -          (D)           -        (D)  
Pennsylvania ....:    1,035          755       25,072       20,243       24.22      26.82  
Rhode Island ....:      (D)          (D)          (D)          (D)         (D)        (D)  
South Carolina ..:      (D)          (D)          (D)          (D)         (D)        (D)  
                 :                                                                         
South Dakota ....:      (D)          (D)          (D)          (D)         (D)        (D)  
Tennessee .......:      (D)          (D)          (D)          (D)         (D)        (D)  
Texas ...........:        1            1           31           43       30.60      30.42  
Utah ............:      (D)          (D)          (D)          (D)         (D)        (D)  
Vermont .........:        8           42          254        1,042       29.95      24.71  
Virginia ........:    2,281        1,943       65,847       56,703       28.87      29.18  
Washington ......:        -            -            -            -           -          -  
West Virginia ...:        -            -            -            -           -          -  
Wisconsin .......:      441          359       19,329       15,547       43.82      43.33  
Wyoming .........:        -            -            -            -           -          -  
                 :                                                                         
United States ...:   20,903       18,714      647,572      569,075       30.98      30.41  
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-   Represents zero.                                                                       
(D) Withheld to avoid disclosing data for individual operations.                           

Young Turkeys Pounds Certified and Post-Mortem Condemnations - States and United States:
October and November 2020
[Data may not add to totals due to rounding]
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                 :                         :           Post-mortem condemnations           
                 :Total chilled and frozen :-----------------------------------------------
      State      :   pounds certified 1/   :    Carcass and parts    :     Percent 2/      
                 :-------------------------------------------------------------------------
                 :  October   :  November  :  October   :  November  : October  : November 
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                 :  ---------------- 1,000 pounds ---------------       ---- percent ----  
                 :                                                                         
Alabama .........:      (D)          (D)         (D)          (D)          (D)        (D)  
Alaska ..........:        -            -           -            -          (X)        (X)  
Arizona .........:        -            -           -            -          (X)        (X)  
Arkansas ........:   61,007       54,070         476          436         0.77       0.80  
California ......:      (D)          (D)         (D)          (D)          (D)        (D)  
Colorado ........:        -            -           -            -          (X)        (X)  
Connecticut .....:        -            -           -            -          (X)        (X)  
Delaware ........:        -            -           -            -          (X)        (X)  
Florida .........:        -          (D)           -          (D)          (X)        (D)  
Georgia .........:      (D)          (D)         (D)          (D)          (D)        (D)  
                 :                                                                         
Hawaii ..........:        -            -           -            -          (X)        (X)  
Idaho ...........:      (D)          (D)         (D)          (D)          (D)        (D)  
Illinois ........:      183        1,002           2           11         1.20       1.09  
Indiana .........:   61,605       55,163         799          714         1.28       1.28  
Iowa ............:   41,431       38,455         630          606         1.50       1.55  
Kansas ..........:      (D)          (D)         (D)          (D)          (D)        (D)  
Kentucky ........:      (D)          (D)         (D)          (D)          (D)        (D)  
Louisiana .......:        -            -           -            -          (X)        (X)  
Maine ...........:      (D)          (D)         (D)          (D)          (D)        (D)  
Maryland ........:      (D)          (D)         (D)          (D)          (D)        (D)  
                 :                                                                         
Massachusetts ...:        -            -           -            -          (X)        (X)  
Michigan ........:      (D)          (D)         (D)          (D)          (D)        (D)  
Minnesota .......:   79,952       74,907       1,072        1,112         1.32       1.46  
Mississippi .....:        -            -           -            -          (X)        (X)  
Missouri ........:   26,543       19,982         247          206         0.92       1.02  
Montana .........:        -            -           -            -          (X)        (X)  
Nebraska ........:        -            -           -            -          (X)        (X)  
Nevada ..........:        -            -           -            -          (X)        (X)  
New Hampshire ...:        -            -           -            -          (X)        (X)  
New Jersey ......:      (D)          (D)         (D)          (D)          (D)        (D)  
                 :                                                                         
New Mexico ......:        -            -           -            -          (X)        (X)  
New York ........:      (D)          (D)         (D)          (D)          (D)        (D)  
North Carolina ..:   60,218       48,510         397          323         0.66       0.66  
North Dakota ....:        -            -           -            -          (X)        (X)  
Ohio ............:   21,693       20,407         271          241         1.23       1.17  
Oklahoma ........:        -            -           -            -          (X)        (X)  
Oregon ..........:        -          (D)           -          (D)          (X)        (D)  
Pennsylvania ....:   20,173       16,128         356          329         1.73       2.00  
Rhode Island ....:      (D)          (D)         (D)          (D)          (D)        (D)  
South Carolina ..:      (D)          (D)         (D)          (D)          (D)        (D)  
                 :                                                                         
South Dakota ....:      (D)          (D)         (D)          (D)          (D)        (D)  
Tennessee .......:      (D)          (D)         (D)          (D)          (D)        (D)  
Texas ...........:       24           35         (Z)          (Z)         0.38       1.23  
Utah ............:      (D)          (D)         (D)          (D)          (D)        (D)  
Vermont .........:      206          847           1            6         0.53       0.74  
Virginia ........:   52,143       44,866         896          769         1.69       1.69  
Washington ......:        -            -           -            -          (X)        (X)  
West Virginia ...:        -            -           -            -          (X)        (X)  
Wisconsin .......:   15,288       12,266         215          196         1.39       1.57  
Wyoming .........:        -            -           -            -          (X)        (X)  
                 :                                                                         
United States ...:  518,638      455,019       6,282        5,844         1.20       1.27  
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-   Represents zero.                                                                       
(D) Withheld to avoid disclosing data for individual operations.                           
(X) Not applicable.                                                                        
(Z) Less than half of the unit shown.                                                      
1/  Ready-to-cook weights.                                                                 
2/  Pounds condemned as percent of pounds certified plus post-mortem condemnations.        

Terms and Definitions Used for Poultry Slaughter Estimates

Ante-Mortem Condemnations: Birds condemned prior to their entry into the 
slaughter plant.

Average Live Weight: The weight of the whole bird, before slaughter. Excludes 
post-mortem condemnations.

Certified Ready-to-Cook: The weight of poultry certified wholesome by 
inspection after post-mortem condemnation pounds are removed. Ready-to-cook 
represents poultry meat ready for the marketing channel.

Dressing Percent: Usually expressed as a percentage yield of frozen and 
chilled carcass in relation to the weight of the live bird.  

Ducks: Includes all ducks regardless of age and weight. 

Federally Inspected (FI) Plants: Plants that transport meat interstate must 
employ federal inspectors to assure compliance with USDA standards.  

Mature Chickens: Fowl from breeder and market egg flocks and stags and cocks.

Number of Head: Includes post-mortem condemnations.

Old Turkeys: Fully matured birds held for egg production, usually over 15 
months of age. 

Plant, Slaughter: An establishment where birds are killed and butchered.

Post-Mortem Condemnations: Carcasses or parts condemned by the inspector 
because of disease or mishandling and removed from the slaughter line and 
destroyed.

Slaughter: Killing and butchering of birds primarily for food.

Total Live Weight: The total weight of live birds, before slaughter. Excludes 
post-mortem condemnations.

Young Chickens: Commercially grown broilers-fryers and other young immature 
birds such as roasters and capons. 

Young Turkeys: Young birds grown to a matured market age, and other turkeys 
such as fryers/roasters and young breeders. 

Statistical Methodology

Data Sources: Data for poultry slaughter estimates are collected by 
inspectors of the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), USDA for all 
Federally Inspected plants. Over 99 percent of the total United States 
slaughter for any species is under Federal Inspection. The number of head 
slaughtered daily, by species and class, as well as condemnations and total 
live and dressed weights are obtained by shift for each plant. Approximately 
370 plants slaughtered poultry in the United States under Federal Inspection 
in 2019. Young chickens were slaughtered in 38 States, young turkeys in 33 
States.

Revision Policy: Data for the previous month and year-to-date totals are 
subject to revision the following month after the initial monthly estimates 
are published. Final data are published in the annual summary released in 
February and include any revisions made to current and previous year's 
published data. Revisions are generally the result of late reports or 
corrections received by FSIS from plants and are usually less than one-half 
of one percent. No revisions will be made to the previous year's data after 
publication of the annual summary in February.  

Procedures and Reliability: Plant inspectors submit data electronically for 
each shift a plant operates. An edit provides checks for the detection of 
errors such as invalid plant information, duplication, and erroneous data. 
Data are accumulated to monthly totals for this release. 
					
Data for major slaughter plants with missing reports are adjusted prior to 
publication to assure that all plants slaughtering a significant portion of a 
specific class are included. Estimates for missing shifts are made only after 
verifying that the plant was in operation. Adjustments are based on a shift 
determined to be similar to the one missing. Late reports replace imputed 
data as they become available. While there is a varying degree of 
incompleteness from month to month, it has only a minimal impact on the 
published totals.

Poultry slaughter estimates are based on a census of operating plants and, 
therefore, have no sampling error. However, they may be subject to errors 
such as omissions, duplications, and mistakes in reporting, recording, and 
processing the data. These errors are minimized through strict quality 
controls in the edit and summarization process, and a careful review of all 
reported data for consistency and reasonableness.

Information Contacts

Listed below are the commodity specialists in the Livestock Branch of the National 
Agricultural Statistics Service to contact for additional information. E-mail inquiries may 
be sent to nass@usda.gov

Travis Averill, Chief, Livestock Branch ..................................... (202) 692-0069

Tony Dorn, Head, Poultry and Specialty Commodities Section .................. (202) 690-3223
   Holly Brenize - Poultry Slaughter......................................... (202) 720-0585
   Alissa Cowell-Mytar - Cold Storage, Capacity of Refrigerated Warehouses .. (202) 720-4751
   Liana Cuffman - Catfish and Trout, Mink, Census of Aquaculture ........... (202) 720-8784
   Fatema Haque - Turkey Hatchery, Turkeys Raised ........................... (202) 720-3244 
   Derron Martin - Chicken Hatchery, Egg Products............................ (202) 690-3237
   Adam Peters - Honey, Honey Bee Colonies .................................. (202) 690-4870
   Autumn Stone - Layers, Eggs .............................................. (202) 690-3676
   Takiyah Walker - Broiler Hatchery......................................... (202) 720-6147

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