Posted: Oct 16, 2013 5:51 AM
Updated: Oct 16, 2013 5:51 AM
LOCKNEY, Texas (AP) The lingering Texas drought has led an agriculture company to announce plans to close a cattle feedlot.
The Plainview Daily Herald (http://bit.ly/1aMuyZt ) reported Tuesday that the Cargill, Inc. yard in Lockney will shut down next summer.
Cargill spokesman Mike Martin cited dwindling numbers in the region's cattle supply for the planned closure of Cargill Cattle Feeders Lockney, about 45 miles northeast of Lubbock. He also says the cost of feed has risen during the Texas drought going back to 2011.
Cargill Cattle Feeders Lockney opened in 1985. The site employs about 45 workers and can handle about 6,200 cattle. Martin says the company will assist Lockney employees wishing to seek other jobs with Cargill.
The company did not immediately provide further details Wednesday.