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Cargill to Close West Texas Feedlot Due to Drought

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    Wheat (top) and grass (bottom) struggle to grow in dry conditions.

    The lingering Texas drought has led an agriculture company to announce plans to close a cattle feedlot.

    The Plainview Daily Herald reported Tuesday that the Cargill, Inc. yard in Lockney will shut down next summer. Cargill spokesman Mike Martin said Wednesday that no date has been set for the closure.

    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.

    The company has operated Cargill Cattle Feeders Lockney since 1985. The feedlot employs about 45 workers and can handle more than 120,000 cattle annually.

    Cargill also has feedlots in Dalhart and Bovina (boh-VEE'-nuh).