October 17, 2019 / 9:30 PM / a month ago

Cargill suspends shifts at Kansas beef facility after explosion

CHICAGO, Oct 17 (Reuters) - Cargill said on Thursday it had suspended some shifts at its Dodge City, Kansas, beef-packing plant after an explosion injured two employees.

Cargill spokesman Daniel Sullivan said the company expects the facility to be fully operational soon and that it would meet all it customer commitments. The company is investigating the cause of the accident at a stand-alone building on the site, he said.

Livestock analyst Cassie Fish said the explosion was at a building that processes blood into blood meal, a feed additive, and not at the main part of the meat-packing plant that can process up to 6,000 head of cattle a day.

Jeff French, analyst with Top Third Ag Marketing, said CME live cattle and feeder cattle futures were pressured by the news initially.

Feeder cattle futures later pared losses and nearby live cattle futures turned higher. A fire at a Tyson Foods Inc slaughterhouse in Holcomb, Kansas, in August sent margins for the U.S. beef industry to a record high. (Reporting by Julie Ingwersen and Karl Plume; Editing by Tom Brown)

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