McElhaney Feedyard

Wellton, Arizona

Economic impact

Payroll: $5M+
Livestock Payments: $54M+
Payroll Taxes: $280,000+
Area Unemployment: 11.3%
Utilities: $1M+

McElhaney Feedyard, a 115,000-head feedyard completed in 1963, is located in the Mohawk Valley near the Gila Mountains in the town of Wellton, Arizona.

Wellton, a town of 1,900 to 2,900, experiences tremendous population growth during the winter months as “snowbirds” from the western U.S. and Canada escape the winter to enjoy the warm Arizona climate. Wellton has a rich western history stemming from its roots as a water stop for the railroad (hence the name Wellton or “Well Town”) and the Butterfield Stage Coach. Wellton is located 30 miles east of Yuma, Arizona, where the sun shines more often than any other city on earth, and 55 miles north of the Mexican border.

Many people think of Arizona as a big, dusty desert and are surprised to learn that agriculture is Yuma County’s No. 1 industry. In fact, it is the winter vegetable capital of the world. Yuma County, with its rich soil, ample labor, high-quality irrigation water, mild winters, little danger of hard frost, more than 350 days of plentiful sunshine a year and longest growing season in the country, is an ideal area to raise cattle.

McElhaney was originally built by the McElhaney Cattle Company.

34673 E County 9th Street
Wellton, AZ 85356


General Manager
Job Luque

Team Members

Cattle Capacity
115,000 head

Feedlot Space
Feedyard area: 350 acres
Irrigated/Dryland: 1,100 acres

Geographical Purchasing Region
Holsteins from the U.S., Mexico

Grain Storage/Bushel
1.4 million bushels

Average Precipitation: 3 inches
Average Snowfall: 0 inches

Job Luque

General Manager

Originally from the state Sonora in Mexico, Job Luque serves as the General Manager of McElhaney Feedlot located in Wellton, Arizona. Job attended the University of Sonora where he graduated with a degree in Animal Science. Job was recruited soon after graduation and came to the United States through the H1B Visa Program. Since 2001 Job has held positions of Management Trainee, Shipping and Receiving Manager, Cattle Department Manager, Assistant General Manager and General Manager within Five Rivers.

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