Colorado ag groups file amicus brief in feedlot case
Credit: By Jeff Rice
Journal-Advocate Staff Writer
The Colorado Livestock Association has joined with two other ag-related organizations to file an amicus curiae brief in the case of a Yuma County feedlot being accused of "illegally taking" almost 15,000 fish from the South Fork of the Republican River.
The feedlot, about 20 miles south of Wray, is owned by 5 Star Feedlot based in Bethune. The company is appealing a summary judgment issued last year that found 5 Star liable for what is essentially fishing without a license.
The case stems from a weather incident in June 2015 that overwhelmed the feedlot's effluent ponds, causing them to overflow. According to weather records, on the evening of June 5, 2015, southern Yuma County experienced a thunderstorm that dumped more than two inches of rain in 30 minutes, causing widespread flash flooding. The rainfall overwhelmed a runoff collection pond at 5 Star's Idalia feedlot, washing an unknown amount of liquid manure over the top of the pond berm and onto the property below.
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