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  1. #1
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    Mar 2009
    Somewhere out there ....

    Rustling costs ranchers millions in poor economy

    Rustling costs ranchers millions in poor economy

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Even with cattle theft rampant in much of the nation's midsection, Oklahoma rancher Ryan Payne wasn't worried about anyone messing with his cows and calves. By his estimation, his pasture is so far off the beaten path "you need a helicopter to see it."

    That changed last month when Payne, 37, checked on his livestock and found a ghoulish scene: Piles of entrails from two Black angus calves he says thieves gutted "like they were deer." They made off with the meat and another 400-pound calf in a heist he estimated cost him $1,800.

    "Gosh, times are tough, and maybe people are truly starving and just need the meat," he said. "But it's shocking. I can't believe people can stoop that low."

    While the brazenness may be unusual, the theft isn't. High beef prices have made cattle attractive as a quick score for people struggling in the sluggish economy, and other livestock are being taken too. Six thousand lambs were stolen from a feedlot in Texas, and nearly 1,000 hogs have been stolen in recent weeks from farms in Iowa and Minnesota. The thefts add up to millions of dollars in losses for U.S. ranches

    What lies behind you and what lies in front of you pales in comparison to what lies inside of you....
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  2. #2
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    Nov 2010
    6 years ago my father in law had 75 head of cattle stolen from his ND range.. it was horrible!!

  3. #3
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    Nov 2008
    Central Oregon in the foothills of the Cascade mountains.
    Even more bizarre, I raise chickens and I am having to lock the coop up at night as people are killing and gutting my chickens at night.

    As bad as that is, leaving the entrails laying around only brings predators around endangering the rest of my chickens...

    I guess times really are getting hard! It really sucks that I have o lock up everything, in such a small community I've never had to before.

  4. #4
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    Dec 2008
    Rochester, New York
    Quote Originally Posted by peeples View Post
    6 years ago my father in law had 75 head of cattle stolen from his ND range.. it was horrible!!
    Wow! 75, how did they do that? I hope he had insurance.

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