Amount the Texas and  Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association has been able to account for in stolen ranch property each of the previous two years, most of it steers, bulls, cows and calves.


Budget Breakdown

$4.8 million

Amount the Texas and  Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association has been able to account for in stolen ranch property each of the previous two years, most of it steers, bulls, cows and calves.

What you should know
1 The poor economy and high beef prices are increasing the instance of cattle rustling and ranch theft.
2 Thieves are brazen. Some back trailers onto property and coax cattle in. Others slaughter animals onsite like a deer and make off with the meat.
3 There’s no clearinghouse that tracks thefts nationally.
“Occasionally one or two have gotten stolen (over the years), but not this many in such a short time. They've gotten us big time,” he said, figuring the stolen livestock have been whisked off to another state. “These guys are not your typical fly-by-night, let’s-steal-a-cow kinda people. They know exactly what they’re doing. They’re pretty slick, and they’re bold.”  — Jasper County Missouri Sheriff's Lt. Ron Thomas.