Idle Beef Plants: How the Midwestern snow storm is leading to a decline in production

A massive snowstorm is hitting the Midwest and it’s now suspending operations at beef plants.

Workers at both Tyson and Cargill plants in Kansas have been either stranded on highways trying to get to work or having to spend the night at slaughterhouses because they can’t get home. The Cargill plant has currently lost power and plans to reopen once power returns and conditions are safe.

This is causing a drop in U.S. meat production at a time where prices remain high due to ranchers reducing their herds for the winter. Nationwide. meat packers slaughtered around 94,000 cattle yesterday, down 25% from the prior week.


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