Ky. farmers file against Eastern Livestock

At least 15 Kentucky farmers have filed complaints with the state against troubled cattle purchaser Eastern Livestock, according to the attorney general's office.

The Kentucky Attorney General and Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner opened a joint investigation into Indiana-based Eastern Livestock last week after the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that Eastern failed to pay or wrote back checks for up to $130 million worth of livestock.

Fifth Third Bank has filed suit, and an Ohio court has appointed a receiver. Also, Eastern Livestock owner Thomas Gibson has filed for bankruptcy protection in Indiana. A Texas livestock company also has filed suit.

To file a complaint against Eastern, call (502) 696-5300 or go to To file a federal claim, call (515) 323-2579.