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By the U of A System Division of Agriculture
LITTLE ROCK – Ranchers in Arkansas, Missouri and Texas are finding that cattle rustling
isn’t just a crime of the Old West.
Newton County, Arkansas, Sheriff Keith Slapes said cattle had been stolen in the Compton,
Pruitt, Yardelle and Nail areas, with more than a dozen cattle disappearing overnight
or when the owners were away, the Newton County Times reported Tuesday.
Last month, Texas law enforcers had corralled a fourth suspect in a September cattle
heist in Harrison County, and in March, cattle were reported stolen in Polk County,
“You may have thought cattle rustling was a thing of the past, a common theme in old
western movies,” said Troxel, associate head-Animal Science, for the University of
Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, “but nothing could be further from the truth.
Rustlers can strike overnight by gathering a group of cattle, sometimes by using dogs,
loading them into a trailer or truck and hauling them away to a livestock sale – all
without being noticed, he said.
“There’s that terrible feeling a beef cattle producer gets when he or she checks on
the cattle the next day and they are all gone,” he said.
An ounce of prevention
Troxel said there are ways to protect cattle against rustlers.
“As old fashioned and outdated a practice as it seems, branding is still one of the
best ways to protect your animals,” he said. “Even with all the technology today,
branding is the best way to permanently identify cattle.”
Be sure to register the brand with the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission and
that can help law enforcement ID stolen cattle.
Troxel also suggests these tips to prevent thefts:
Cattle, unlike most other stolen property, can be sold for full value at weekly livestock
“Often, a sale barn owner may recognize cattle brought to their barn as belonging
to somebody else,” Troxel said. “But the victim of cattle rustling can’t always rely
on the owner to report a heist. The rustler may take the stolen cattle to a livestock
auction in another location or state.”
Livestock theft of more than $200 is a Class C felony punishable by a fine of up to
$10,000 and a prison term from three to 10 years, according to Troxel.
For more information on livestock production contact your county extension office
or visit www.uaex.uada.edu.
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