SALINA, Kansas (AP) — A Kansas livestock expert is warning ranchers and farmers that historically high cattle prices make their herds a prime target for thieves looking to make a quick buck.
Extension agent Anthony Ruiz suggests ranchers should brand their cattle and install cameras on their property to keep an eye out for rustlers.
Earlier this month someone stole a dozen Black Angus steers and heifers from a northwest Kansas ranch, with an estimated value of $20,000. The Salina Journal (http://bit.ly/1FkIl86) reports the theft was a “quick grab-and-go.”
In September someone dumped a load of cowhides in McPherson County. Ruiz says that indicates the cattle might have been stolen.
A Farmers & Ranchers Livestock Commission market report said steers were selling between $1,300 and $2,000 per head in late November.