February 25, 2005 -- Ranchers? Lamb of Texas, Inc., in San Angelo, Texas, closed its doors late last week. Brian May, board secretary of the producer-owned packing plant, indicated the plant shutdown was a result of a diminished supply of slaughter lambs.
The 7-year-old plant dismissed all 45 employees. Employees at the plant were slaughtering about 2,500 lambs a week compared to as many as 8,000 head six years ago. The inadequate supply of animals left the plant unprofitable.