By Jim Headley
While higher cattle prices may make ag producers more aware of thieves, authorities don't believe it will result in more theft.
Cattle rustling has always been a problem in Nebraska, as Wild West images of rowdy rustlers and hangings come to mind. Today, ranchers rely on brand inspectors and county sheriff's deputies to keep their herds safe.
Most of the enforcement of cattle thefts falls to the Nebraska Brand Committee, which has 44 full-time brand inspectors, 48 seasonal inspectors and four criminal investigators.