The global food, agricultural, financial and industrial products company said the temporary closure is due to scheduled maintenance, and cattle will be sent to other facilities.
Cargill is to idle its Dodge City, Kansas location, on February 4, and its Schuyler, Nebraska facility, on March 18. Both sites are primary processing operations and will be down for approximately one week to perform previously scheduled maintenance of the refrigeration systems.
“We have been in communication with producers in advance of the idling to work with them to ship cattle to other facilities within our robust supply chain or make accommodations to process as many cattle before the maintenance work commences”, said Jarrod Gillig, supply chain lead for Cargill’s North American protein business. “We will continue to fulfil all customer orders and do not anticipate disruptions to their operations.” Cargill employees are to be paid during idle time. To prevent food waste, each facility will process all cattle on-site before the temporary idling begins.