Winter Storm Uri batters agriculture supply chain

Supply chain experiencing numerous setbacks and delays due to the extreme cold, ice and snow.


Krissa Welshans, National Hog Farmer

Feb 17, 2021


Texas has been impacted the most by the recent winter storm that made its way across the United States this week, but logistical and operating issues, as well as energy shortages, are impacting agriculture in many key agriculture regions, panelists said this week during a Feedstuffs 365 livestream. From commodity transportation to feedlot and hog finishing operations to hog and cattle processing plants, the supply chain is experiencing numerous setbacks and delays due to the extreme cold, ice, and snow.


Dennis Smith, commodity broker for Archer Financial, told Feedstuffs 365 viewers that cattle slaughter will likely drop 40,000 head this week due to the situation. Most of the issues are happening in Texas, but plants in Kansas are also being idled, shut down, or slowed.


On the hog side, Smith said the slaughter pace is being limited due to hog movement challenges.


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Issues should be resolved by next week, although backlogs will be present for a couple weeks in both the hog and cattle supply chain, Smith suggested...