Facilities in Texas, Arkansas and Missouri were affected by the storm on Feb. 1 and 2. High winds, single-digit temperatures, and widespread power outages contributed to the operational difficulties.
While some plants closed, others operated at a slower pace due to a combination of short staffing levels and difficulty in transporting birds, USDA said. Many trucks were unable to drive on the roads. Companies struggled back into operation Feb. 3 after losing the equivalent of a full day’s production.
But since many customers were also unable to operate, the impact was offset somewhat. Heavy snow blanketed the Chicago area, bringing commerce almost to a halt. Farther south, the ice and snow also forced many supermarkets across the region to close their doors, particularly throughout Oklahoma.