Unprecedented Market Disruption Spurs Investigation


by Kayla Sargent

The fire at Tyson’s Holcomb, Kansas plant wreaked havoc on the market.  Live cattle prices were limit down immediately after the fire.  Yet packers were seeing record profit margins, earning over $400 per head per day, doubling their margins prior to the fire.  And despite what was expected to cause a constraint in packing capacity, the week after



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