OKLAHOMA CITY — It’s a battle of the cattle in the courts.
An Oklahoma independent cattle buyer said there is cheating going on at the Stockyards.
John Parker, of Parker Livestock of Thomas, Oklahoma, is suing the Oklahoma National Stockyards.
Parker said in March he saw the auctioneer at the Stockyards buying cattle while performing his job duties.
Parker reported the alleged infraction.
He said the Stockyards kicked him out that day and banned him from ever returning.
Parker’s attorney Harlan Hentges said his client purchases 10 percent of the cattle and by taking him out of the bidding prices are affected everywhere.
“When you do it in the biggest auction in the country on the first day of the week, you affect prices all around the country all week long,” he said.
Hentges said his client just wants back in a fair game.
“First of all, he wants to get back into the auction because this is his livelihood and this has severely damaged his ability to make a living as an independent cattlemen,” he said.
The Oklahoma National Stockyards Company issued this statement Tuesday afternoon:
‘The Oklahoma National Stockyards Company is the largest stockyards in the United States and has been in business for 102 years. John Parker of Parker Livestock was banned from the stockyards for repeated inappropriate and disruptive behavior. The allegations by Mr. Parker of price manipulation are completely without basis in fact. We will vigorously defend these allegations and are confident we will prevail.”