Beef Packing: The Math of Why It’s Different Now

Beef Packing: The Math of Why It’s Different Now

Cassie Fish

AgWeb

Between 2005 and 2014, the U.S. beef packing industry took just under 90,000 head of weekly kill capacity out of the market by closing plants. Forced to do so as the U.S. cattle herd dropped to modern historical lows, big financial losses resulted in shuttered plants and laid off workers. It’s hard to believe that it was just 28 months ago the last plant closed.

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