On August 16, 1999 the former Montezuma Feeders was established as Hy-Plains Feedyard, LLC. The feedyard's capacity was at 28,000 head of cattle and employed 26 employees. The Montezuma location was a highly attractive feature to the pair. They believed the central location between Liberal, Dodge City, and Garden City would attract the surrounding packing houses. Feed suppliers were in high supply in the location as well.
The facility was an older yard, which had been revamped in the previous five years.. The equipment and the mill had also been modernized to accomodate the present demands. "Our goal [was] to provide a cattle-feeding environment for our customers that [met] their expectations relative to performance feeding ability,"