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N.D. Delegation Urges Investigation of JBS Lamb Processor Acquisition
North Dakota Ag Connection - 07/31/2020

Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer and Representative Kelly Armstrong Thursday urged the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) Antitrust Division to open an investigation into the acquisition of Mountain States Rosen (MSR), a lamb processing facility in Greeley, Colo. by the American subsidiary of Brazilian JBS.

"We urge DOJ to immediately open an investigation into the acquisition and request that JBS cease any plans it may have to shutter the lamb processing facility," said the delegation. "If the acquisition goes through, North Dakota's sheep ranchers may be irreversibly harmed."

The delegation raised concerns with reported plans by JBS to close the facility and destroy its equipment, actions that would significantly hamper the ability of North Dakota's lamb producers to get their product to market.

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