Ranch, Rodeo and Randomness

Photo courtesy Pepper Stewart

By Pepper Stewart

Cattle rustling is something that has never gone away. Since there have been cattle in the United States, there have been rustlers stealing them. The activity of the rustlers depends on the cattle markets: when prices are up, theft is up; when prices are down, theft is down.

When you think of stolen property and the resale values, cattle are at the top of the list for thieves. If someone steals your $500 television the resale value may be around $75, but a stolen $500 calf sells for $500, the full market value.

Cattle do not lose value when stolen as many other often-stolen items. Nearly each week on the Pepper Stewart Show broadcast are reports of stolen cattle in Texas and Oklahoma.

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