Drought Forces Closure Of Cargill Food Lot In Texas

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.

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