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Colin Woodall, NCBA CEO, Is Hopefull Meat Packing Plant Closures Are Only Temporary

Fri, 17 Apr 2020 09:54:50 CDT

Colin Woodall, NCBA CEO, Is Hopefull Meat Packing Plant Closures Are Only Temporary The closure of meat packing plants due to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak should only be temporary, Colin Woodall, CEO of the National Cattlemenís Beef Association, optimistically said during a Beef Buzz conversation with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays.

Announcements in recent days from Smithfield Foods, Tyson, JBS and other processors that they would close because many of their workers are sick with COVID-19 has sent shockwaves through the industry.

We are finding that line workers and management staff at the JBS plant in Greeley, Colo., were infected, Woodall said. This is a scenario where JBS would like to keep the plant running but they canít get the manpower to keep the plant open.
Thatís significant because it processes about 5 percent of the total daily kill for our industry, Woodall said.

This issue is different than what confronted the industry when fire closed the Tyson plant in Holcomb, Ks., last year.
When you look at the Holcomb fire, that was just one plant, and when it went down, other plants were able to absorb a lot of those cattle, Woodall said. The problem here is that other plants are also infected, and they have slowed their line speed, Woodall said.

The problem now is where do we take the cattle, Woodall said. We can only haul them so far to find a plant to process them.

Woodall said the good news from the JBS plant in Greeley is they plan to reopen April 27.
Hopefully we can get through this two-week timeframe without any other plants going down.

Click on the LISTEN BAR below to hear the complete interview with Colin Woodall as he talks with Ron Hays.

The Beef buzz is a regular feature heard on radio stations around the region on the Radio Oklahoma Network and is a regular audio feature found on this website as well. Click on the LISTEN BAR below for todayís show and check out our archives for older Beef Buzz shows covering the gamut of the beef cattle industry today.


   

   

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