Feedlot announces closure

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August 20, 2019 - 10:33 AM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A northwest Missouri cattle feedlot that fought for more than a year to add thousands of cattle to its operation announced Monday that it is closing immediately because of the financial and public relations costs of battling opponents, including many of its neighbors and a nearby botanical garden.

Valley Oaks Steak Co. said in a Facebook post that it was closing “due to the constant barrage of legal battles and extensive marketing efforts needed to counter misinformation.”

The cattle feedlot near Lone Jack, about 25 miles east of Kansas City, applied in early 2018 to expand from fewer than 999 head of cattle to as many as 6,999 head. In Monday’s statement, the company said it had run a sustainable and environmentally friendly operation for two years and planned to continue that emphasis.

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