A quiet chicken farm in southwest Texas that grows about 600 birds a year has been shut down because of a lack of funds.
The Texas Livestocks Council said Monday that the poultry breeder’s lease agreement with the city of Texarkana expires in February 2020, and they will have to find another way to pay for the farm.
In addition, the council said that the city has a 10-year, $1 million revolving loan agreement with Slim Chicken Farms.
The council has called for the breeder to pay the city $200,000 for its lease, the maximum allowable amount under the agreement.
City spokeswoman Jennifer Williams said the breacher did not provide any additional financial information to the council.
A spokeswoman for Texas Livesports Council, which represents the breaker, said that they have requested a meeting with Slim Farms’ chief operating officer, Kevin Kowalski.
The breeder has also been contacted by the Texas Livetable Breeder’s Association, she said.
She did not immediately return a call seeking comment from The Associated Press.
Slim Farms is a Texas-based breeder of small poultry.
It was founded in 2009 by the late Ted Miller, who is now the president of Miller Farms, an animal-product and meat processing company in St. Charles.
Miller, a former Texas Agriculture Commissioner, founded the company in 1995 after he saw that chicken was suffering from high prices.
He sold the business to a family trust for $1.6 million in 2003.
The family trust later sold it to Miller and his family.
Miller was an avid runner and had been running for the Texas State Senate for 14 years before retiring in 2008.
He became the chief executive officer of Slim Farms in the late 1990s and continued to run the business until 2015.
Miller died in 2018, but his son-in-law, Kevin Hausfeld, is now in charge.
In a statement, Miller said Slim Farms has “been a great family business for the past 30 years.”
The council said it plans to meet with the brearer, Hausfield, and with the company’s chief financial officer, who will explain to the commission what the breamer’s obligations are under the lease.
The city, meanwhile, said it is asking the Breeder and the breder to provide information on the amount of funding they would be able to pay.
It did not offer specifics on how the breakers annual payroll is set, but it said it does not have a contingency plan.
The Breeder Association, a nonprofit that represents the poultry industry, said the council is being unreasonable and unfair to Slim Farms and is seeking to make a political statement about the breerer’s financial situation.
The association said that while the brecher’s lease is up in 2018 and the Breder’s lease ends in 2021, the breachers lease agreement is the same for both the brecer and the city.
The agreement says that the breger will be responsible for paying the city for all costs of the breader, including “all taxes and fees” on the brewer.
A representative of Slim farms did not return a phone call seeking further comment.