A beef processing plant in Plainview, Texas will close its doors, about 2,000 jobs will be lost. The supply issue was brought on primarily by “years of drought in Texas and the Southern Plains states,”
“The U.S. cattle herd is at its lowest level since 1952,” Cargill president John Keating said in the statement. “Increased feed costs resulting from the prolonged drought, combined with herd liquidations by cattle ranchers, are severely and adversely contributing to the challenging business conditions we face as an industry.”
“When it does rain, we ranchers will start retaining heifers to build these cow numbers back. There’s going to be a time there when there’s actually going to be less beef on the market,” Pete Bonds, former head of the Texas Cattle Raisers Association, told StateImpact Texas in a 2011 interview.
Though the chance for heavy rains in Texas is appearing less and less likely, and the return of more extreme drought is becoming an increasingly realistic prospect, “This is going to hit Plainview hard, there’s nothing there that will absorb the job loss of 10% of its population,”
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