The sheep and lamb industry continues to sort through the closure of the Mountain States Rosen (MSR) plant over three months ago. The MSR plant closed at the end of July and since then weekly slaughter data has reflected the loss in capacity with each subsequent week posting lower levels than the prior year with Labor Day week being the exception. On average, each week since the first of August has been 4,000 head lower, about a 10.4% decline each week. Year-to-date weekly slaughter is tracking 6.7% below the same period last year.
For more on this topic, see the Livestock Monitor article below.