Dan’s Cow – Calf Corner Grocery Disruptions Continue Amid Beef Processing Chaos

Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist — COVID-19 continues to sweep through packing plant workers leading to severe disruptions in beef processing. Estimated cattle slaughter for the week ending May 2 was 425,000 head, down 38 percent year over year. Total cattle slaughter has averaged 26.4 percent lower than last year over the past four weeks, a decrease of 689,000 head and a little more than one week of cattle slaughter at this time of year. The backlog of slaughter cattle is growing rapidly.

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