LUBBOCK (October 17, 2013)--Cargill Cattle Feeders is closing its feedlot facility in Lockney because of the ongoing drought.
Operations will end this summer, but the company did not provide a specific date.
The facility northeast of downtown Lubbock employs about 45 people, who will be offered positions at other Cargill facilities in the region.
A lack of rainfall forced another Cargill facility in Plainview, just west of the 2,000-resident town of Lockney, to close in February.
The Lockney feedlot has a capacity for 62,000 head of cattle.
Purchased in 1985, it primarily supplied the Plainview facility.
The continued drought has hurt the cattle industry, causing a shortage of grass for grazing as well as feeding material that comes from rain-dependent crops like corn and sorghum.