Major packers continue to trim back beef-processing operations in the face of softer demand and cattle prices too high to cover production costs. reports this week Tyson Foods' intentions to trim beef production at its U.S. plants for 6-8 weeks. Plans call for a production cut of about 12,000 head of cattle per week.

Meanwhile, National Beef Packing plans to reduce operations at its Dodge City and Liberal, KS, plants to about 37 hours a week from the current 40-48 hours. And Swift intends to continue limiting production at three of its four U.S. beef processing facilities -- Cactus, TX; Grand Island, NE; and Greeley, CO. -- to 32-37 hours/week.
-- Joe Roybal