Blizzard batters four Tyson Food packaging plants

By Oscar Rousseau

- Last updated on GMT

The USDA estimates the snow storm will result in a 32,000 drop in cattle slaughter
The USDA estimates the snow storm will result in a 32,000 drop in cattle slaughter

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Production has ground to a halt at three Tyson Food pork processing facilities and one beef plant, as the powerful Storm Kayla cut through south-western America on Tuesday 2 February.

Last night, strong winds moved through the US south west, dumping up to a foot of snow on Nebraska, Iowa and southern Minnesota.

As a result of the blizzard-like conditions, meat processing plants owned by Tyson Food have been forced to temporarily freeze production until Storm Kayla subsides.

32,000 drop in cattle

Three of our six pork plants are not operating today, due to weather-related road conditions, and one other plant will operate only one shift of production,​” said Tyson Foods spokesman Gary Mickelson.

Tyson Food owns beef plants in Nebraska and Kansas. One of its beef processing facilities is temporarily shut, while two others are scheduled to run on significantly reduced hours.

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has estimated that conditions created by Storm Kayla will result in a 32,000-head drop in cattle slaughter. Around 80,000 head of cattle were slaughtered on 2 February, said the USDA.

Any loss in slaughter downtime is expected to be made up by increased shift hours or weekend production and no loss in profits is expected.

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