Tyson sues cattle feeder for more than $200 million in losses

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Tyson sues cattle feeder for more than $200 million in losses

Tyson Fresh Meats has filed a lawsuit against a Washington state cattle feeder to recover losses from alleged false cattle sales and feed costs.

Tyson is suing Easterday Ranches claiming losses of more than $225 million.  An internal audit late last year discovered one of their cattle suppliers misrepresented the number of cattle purchased on behalf of the company.  In the court filings, Tyson alleges that the cattle feeder has falsified records and submitted fictitious invoices for feed and cattle that were never purchased, beginning in 2016.   The filings also claim Easterday has manufactured documents in order to hide the fact it was reporting to Tyson approximately 200,000 cattle that did not exist. 

Easterday Ranches was a supplier to Tyson’s beef backing facility outside of Pasco, Washington.

No court date has been set.