Georgia-based Cagle's Inc. has announced its intention to discontinue second-shift operations at the company's Pine Mountain Valley poultry plant on or within two weeks after Aug. 19.

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The discontinuation will result in the loss of 300 positions, according to the company. The plant underwent a 20% volume reduction in November 2010 due to increased feed prices and a 10% downturn in the boneless chicken breast market. With this most recent layoff, the company will operate one full shift five days a week, processing 320,000 head.