NC Response to Tyson Plant Fire

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The Tyson Foods Inc. plant in Holcomb, Kansas could slaughter 6,000 head a day of cattle – or about 5 percent of the U.S. weekly beef steer and heifer slaughter capacity – before a fire destroyed it August 9. The facility’s shutdown created a livestock glut for available harvest capacity, dragging down futures to the lowest in almost three years. That gave other meatpackers, such as Cargill Inc. and JBS, access to cheap supply. The fire, just days before Labor Day, prompted retailers into a bidding war to secure packaged meat for store promotion they had already committed to; packers benefited. Due to the cattle and beef market chain disruption created by the fire at Tyson’s fed steer and heifer plant near Garden City, Kansas, Nebraska Cattlemen leadership and staff… read more

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