PLAINVIEW (January 17, 2013)--Cargill announced Thursday it will idle a West Texas plant and lay off all 2,000 workers because of a tight cattle supply stemming from years of drought.
The Plainview workers will be laid off Feb. 1, a news release from the Wichita, Kan.-based company said Thursday.
Other Cargill plants in the region and in other parts of the country will not affected.
Cargill operates a turkey products plant on East Lake Shore Drive in Waco that employs about 700.
The release said the company would work to relocate Plainview employees to its other plants.
The nation's cattle herd is at its lowest level since 1952.
Higher feed costs from drought in Texas and elsewhere and ranchers' selling off their cattle have reduced the number of animals headed to meatpacking plants.
Cargill said it could reopen the plant if cattle numbers increase in coming years.