Citing the declining supply of fed cattle, National Beef Company (National Beef) announced Friday that it will shutter its Brawley, CA, beef processing facility.

The last day of production is expected to be April 4, 2014.

“This was a very difficult decision for us to make because of the impact on our employees and suppliers,” said Tim Klein, National Beef’s CEO. “We are optimistic about the long-term prospects for U.S. beef demand and we will continue to focus on expanding our position as the industry leader in value-added beef products.”

National Beef has not determined the future status of the facility. National Beef acquired the Brawley facility in 2006. Approximately 1,300 employees will be impacted by the closure.

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