KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A northwest Missouri cattle feedlot that sought to greatly expand its operations is closing after more than a year of fighting opponents, including a nearby botanical garden.
Valley Oaks Steak Co. announced Monday it was closing immediately because of financial hardships caused by legal battles and the need to market its plans to counter its opponents. The company has been involved in lawsuits with neighbors over the plans and said on Facebook it’s become a “lightning rod for individuals and organizations opposed to animal agriculture operations.” the company had wanted to increase its feedlot capacity from 999 cattle to just under seven-thousand. The company was founded in 2016 and received a permit from the Department of Natural Resources in March to handle the higher number of cattle, but a court order blocked any expansion.
Leaders at the Powell Gardens botanical site and neighbors near the cattle farm opposed the plan and filed a lawsuit in July to stop it.