UPDATE 1-Some pork, beef packing plants close as blizzard slams Central U.S.

Tue Feb 2, 2016 2:00pm EST
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(Adds Cargill beef plant shutdown, industry background, analysts' and economists' comments)

By Theopolis Waters

CHICAGO Feb 2 (Reuters) - Blizzard conditions in the Central United States shut down some Cargill and Tyson beef and pork processing plants in the region, company spokesmen told Reuters by email on Tuesday.

Tyson Foods Inc, one of the biggest U.S. meat processors, said three pork processing facilities and one beef plant were closed.

"Three of our six pork plants are not operating today due to weather-related road conditions and one other plant will operate only one shift of production," said Tyson Foods spokesman Gary Mickelson.

He said the affected pork plants are in Iowa and Nebraska.

Mickelson added that one of the company's beef processing facilities is not operating and two others are scheduled to run reduced hours. Those plants are in Nebraska and Kansas, he said.

Cargill Foods spokesman Mike Martin said its beef processing plant in Schuyler, Nebraska, was not running on Tuesday due to wintry weather, "with adverse road conditions impacting employee travel safety and livestock transportation."

Smithfield Foods Inc, the world's largest pork processor and hog producer, said it does not comment on daily activities.   Continued...