Kansas farmers warned high prices may lead to cattle thieves

TOPEKA (KSNT) – 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 thieves.

Earlier this month someone stole a dozen Black Angus steers and heifers from a northwest Kansas ranch, with an estimated value of $20 thousand. A Farmers and Ranchers Livestock Commission market report said steers were selling between $13 hundred and $2 thousand per head in late November.

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