Packerland will shut its Gering, NE, beef plant in August. Steve Van Lannen, Packerland senior vice president and general manager, says the closing is due to extended losses based on a tight cattle supply and high procurement costs thanks to the ongoing Canadian border issue.

The closure of the plant, which processed about 320 head of cows and bulls/day and is owned by Smithfield, will affect about 200 employees. Packerland, based in Green Bay, WI, says it will help employees find jobs in its other plants in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Michigan and Crete, NE.