Monster storm Sandy spares U.S. livestock sector serious damage

Reuters / The monster storm that pummelled the eastern U.S. appears to have largely spared American livestock operations.

Poultry producer Perdue Farms temporarily shut down four of its processing plants in the northeast and a distribution centre. The company said two of the large producers had extensive flooding while others were relying on generators to power their operations and ventilation equipment for the chicken houses.

But overall, the news appeared to be relatively positive.

Tyson Foods reported that none of its facilities within reach of the storm had suffered serious damage. It and Smithfield Foods shut down some plants for a couple of days but quickly resumed operations. In Wyalusing, Pennsylvania, Cargill ran its beef-processing plant on Saturday to produce extra product to supply its customers during the brunt of the storm. It reduced hours on Monday last week but the facility was back to normal operations the next day.

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