Cattle Empire Yard #1 has a one-time capacity of 55,000 head and is the original Cattle Empire feed yard purchased by Paul Brown in 1978. At the time Paul purchased his interest in what is now Yard #1, it had a one-time capacity of 14,000 head. The facility was expanded in 2000 and 2004 to its current capacity complete with a new batch mill being built and put into service in November 2004. This facility specializes in lightweight and high-risk traditional beef cattle and is managed by Rey Longoria, a 20-year employee of the company who was internally promoted to Yard Foreman in 2010.
Some interesting facts about Yard #1 are that Roberta Williamson, who was an employee with Cattle Empire for 32 years, started out as the only secretary with Paul in the offices of Yard #1. Yard #1 is also the location that the largest research trial on the effect of persistently infected animals was conducted in 2004. The results of that research can be read about in the American Journal of Veterinary Research, Vol. 70, No. 1, January 2009. This study was the motivation behind Cattle Empire becoming the largest PI free feeding facility in the United States.
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