By Amy Bickel
Another herd of cattle has gone missing in Kansas, marking at least five rustling cases in the past month.
Terry DeVaughan, manager of Syracuse Commission in Syracuse, reported 31 cows stolen between midnight and 6 a.m. MDT on Sunday from the Hamilton County auction market's pens.
DeVaughan said the cattle were 6 years of age or older, weighed an average 1,400 pounds and had multiple brands. The breeds included Angus, Charolais cross and Limousin cross.
Each animal also had a state/federal back tag — white with black lettering. The cows also had silver tags in the right ear.
DeVaughan said it was the first time in his 35 years in the business that cattle have been stolen from the sale barn. The case is under investigation.
Joel Blogref, with the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Department, said at least five cases have been reported to a law enforcement network he manages — the Construction, Agriculture, Livestock Information Network.
There may be other rustling incidents in the state, he said. Since January, about 10 cases have been reported to the network, two of which were in Missouri.
Among the cattle stolen in May were 20 head of mixed steers at a Kismet feedlot. Meanwhile, in mid-May, a herd of 19 heifers and steers stolen from a Kingman County farm mysteriously made it back home safe and sound after CALIN and media reports broke about the stolen livestock.
Anyone who has information on this case can call DeVaughan at (620) 384-5259 or email CALIN at firstname.lastname@example.org.