The same high beef prices that are raising prices of pasture land are raising fears of cattle rustlers, The Lawrence Journal-World reports.
Steers selling for $1,300 to $2,000 a head make cattle a powerful temptation to rustlers, said Anthony Ruiz with the Central Kansas Extension District. He advises a mix of old and new protections for herds. Brands can make is harder for rustlers to sell stolen cattle, while deer cameras can help ranchers keep an eye on anyone coming on to their property.
Today's rustlers are big-time operators. The Salina Journal recently reported the theft of at least a dozen Angus bulls and heifers, worth about $20,000.