cattle theft

Agriculture
9:03 am
Thu June 7, 2012

The rural crime of cattle theft resurfaces in Missouri

High cattle prices and a struggling economy are to blame for a rise in cattle thefts throughout the state.

In late May, thieves stole thirteen cows from a Walnut Grove, Missouri farm. Rural Greene County in southwest Missouri has reported at least four cattle rustling cases with more than 100 missing cows this year. Kelly Smith is marketing and commodities director of the Missouri Farm Bureau. She says cattle rustling is a problem that has recently resurfaced: "It kind of peaked itself out probably in 2008 and 9, went away and has come back again. Where we see cattle rustling take place, typically is Southwest Missouri, where we see it happen a lot.”

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