Due to a company refocus, beef giant Cargill has agreed to sell its two remaining feed lots to allow it to concentrate on providing proteins instead.
Subject to a regulatory review, the two feed lots in Kansas and Colorado, with a combined capacity of approximately 155,000 cattle at any point in time, will be sold to Green Plains, an ethanol producer that already had a number of feed lots.
Cargill said that selling its two remaining feed yards aligns with its protein growth focus by allowing the company to redeploy working capital away from cattle feeding operations to other investments. John Keating, president of Cargill’s Wichita-based protein business operations and supply chain said that by partnering with Green Plains in a multi-year supply agreement, the Yuma and Leoti yards will continue to supply cattle to its beef processing facilities.
Over the past two years, Cargill has announced approximately $560m in acquisitions and capital investments to grow its North American protein business. Keating said: “We are committed to being the leading protein provider that nourishes people, animals and the planet in a safe, responsible and sustainable way while exceeding the expectations of our customers.
“We have great positive growth momentum and are confident it will continue to accelerate as we continue to help our customers’ and suppliers’ businesses, communities and colleagues thrive.”
Cargill employs over 140,000 people in 66 countries and is responsible for 25% of all US grain exports. The company also supplies about 22% of the US domestic meat market, importing more products from Argentina than any other company and is the largest poultry producer in Thailand.