A feedlot packed with 86,000 head of cattle sounds like a dream come true for the Cargill operated feedlot in the Panhandle of Texas, however it is anything but.
Cargill will close another Texas feedlot due to ongoing drought conditions throughout the nation. The general manager of the Dalhart, Texas feedlot set to close said "This is our third straight year of drought in this area.” These conditions have caused U.S. herd numbers to drop to their lowest numbers since 1951.
Last year Cargill was forced to close one of its largest feedlots in the state. Cargill’s feedlot just south of Amarillo in Lockney is scheduled to close before the end of the year, leaving only the Dalhart lot open for business.
Other companies with operations in the Panhandle include JBS and Tyson foods.