By Ginger Lane
Keep movin’, movin’, movin’
Though they’re disapprovin’
Keep them doggies movin’
Gil Favor and Rowdy Yates and the rest of the characters of Rawhide (TV series 1959-1965) were always on the watch for cattle rustlers. Back in the day, when we only had three channels to watch, just about everyone in America was glued to their chairs to see what kind of problems these cow herders were going to face each week.
Fast forward to 2015, and ranchers are still facing the reality the same problems of the Wild West days – cattle rustlers. There has been a recent increase in people taking up this age-old profession according to US News. This is a result of rising beef prices. Just last year, there were approximately 5,800 head reported stolen in Texas alone and that translates to about $5.7 million and the number looks like it is going to be higher this year.
Cattle Rustlers have gone a bit more high tech now with the use of dirt bikes and maneuverable gooseneck trailers but then so has the battle against it with better branding and computer chips.
Keep your eyes open for suspicious activity around our Hunt County herds and let’s keep our rancher’s cattle ‘Home on the Range!”
Operations Cow Thief is a program where the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) offers a cash reward for information leading to the arrest and/or grand jury indictment of thieves. Anonymity is guaranteed. To provide information, call 888-830-2333.