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Cattle thieves see higher profits as cattle prices rise.
October 28, 2014
Like a tale out of some mid-century Western film, cattle rustlers are still on the prowl more than 60 years later.
With lower feed prices and higher demand, cattle prices are up across the country, leading thieves to look for profitable ventures in taking animals in the middle of the night and transporting them across state borders to neighboring sale barns.
"Our family's been in this business for 75 years," says Leon Langford, an Oklahoma cattle rancher. "Taking care of cattle, all day every day."
Langford last year had 19 head of purebred Herefords stolen. They were worth an estimated $100,000.
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