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Harrington's Sort and Cull
John Harrington DTN Livestock Analyst
Fri Jan 31, 2014 01:04 PM CST

Several months ago in this space, I compared excess slaughter capacity in the beef industry to a dangerous game of musical chairs. Given the announcement just made by National Beef, it would appear that the frantic music continues to intensify as another chair gets pulled from the ring.

National Beef Packing Company plans to close its processing facility located in Brawley, Calif. The last day of production is expected to be April 4, 2014. Approximately 1,300 employees working at the facility will be impacted by this closure.

The Brawley plant currently kills close to 2,000 cattle per day, a practical ...

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