Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Rangers have noticed a troubling increase in a scam that targets ranchers and agriculture producers. Over recent weeks Special Rangers across the state have received reports from ranchers who have been targeted by the scams. The details vary, but most incidents follow a similar theme: A buyer, often from out of state, will call to inquire about cattle, hay or equipment that is for sale.
When conducting the sale of any item, including hay, cattle and farm equipment, care should be taken when accepting checks for payment, including cashier’s checks. A popular scheme among thieves is to offer a check for over the item’s agreed price and ask the seller to cash the check to pay a driver. Or a check is drawn from an unfamiliar bank or there are other excuses and stipulations to the sale that don’t sound right. You can always ask your local bank if a check is valid or call your TSCRA Special Ranger.
Raising and showing cattle at livestock shows is a popular pursuit for many young Texans. It not only teaches important values and skills, but also offers the opportunity for generous cash prizes that go toward scholarships for the young showmen and women. The grand champion steer at this year’s Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo sold for more than $300,000, so it is no surprise that owners pay close attention when buying and transporting their prized livestock. One East Texas family was doing just that when they contacted Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Larry Hand last week. They had purchased a registered Maine-Anjou show heifer that their daughter would raise. They paid to have it shipped from Wisconsin to their Garrison, Texas home, but became concerned when the man transporting the animal didn’t arrive as scheduled and failed to return their phone calls.
Four members of a Texas theft ring were recently sentenced to a combined 61 years of jail time for their crimes. The sentences were handed down by presiding Judge Shane Hadaway in the 39th District Court in Haskell County. The convictions are the result of an investigation conducted by Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers (TSCRA) Special Ranger Scott Williamson.
TSCRA Special Rangers are warning folks about a recent case of fraud concerning the purchase of cattle online and reminding sellers to take precautions when accepting cashier’s checks
Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Michael Barr and local law enforcement authorities are seeking information following a cattle theft in New Braunfels. On May 16, 2017, an unknown suspect or suspects unlawfully entered a property at the corner of Rueckle Road and Morningside Drive. An unlocked gate allowed the perpetrator or perpetrators access to steal six head of cattle, estimated to be worth nearly $10,000.
Saveur magazine’s Sarah Baird spent a day with TSCRA Special Ranger Wayne Goodman to learn more about tracking down cattle thieves.
TSCRA Special Ranger Bart Perrier, Dist. 4 in northeast Oklahoma, reports 5 heifers missing and possibly strayed from a property near Hominy in Osage County. The missing heifers are black and black white-faced Angus-cross heifers weighing 800 to 825 pounds, each. All are branded on the right hip with a backwards F connected to a D (FD) brand and have green number ear tags in the left year. If you have any information regarding this case, please contact Special Ranger Perrier at 918-847-3231.
TSCRA Special Ranger Kenny Murchison, Dist. 20 in south-central Texas, reports the theft of 13 head of calves and a cattle trailer from a Williamson County property near Georgetown. Sometime between July 11 and 12 an unknown person or persons cut locks on adjoining property’s gate to steal 13 calves weighing around 300 pounds, each. The calves are 11 black with white faces, 1 red and 1 white, with no brands, ear notches or tags. The stolen trailer is a black with white tarp 24-foot gooseneck. It has butterfly gates on the rear and one of the rear top bars is bent. Anyone with information on this case is urged to call Special Ranger Murchison at 512-705-3226 or the Operation Cow Thief hotline 888-830-2333. TSCRA offers a cash reward for information leading to the arrest and/or grand jury indictment of individuals for theft of livestock or related property. Anonymity is guaranteed.
TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings, Dist. 5 in northeast Oklahoma, reports 28 cows of various colors taken from a pasture in Craig County sometime after July 6. The mature cows are between 10 and 12 years old, mixed black and red colors, all with an S over J connected brand on the left hip. Some calves may also be missing but they will not be branded or marked. Anyone with information is urged to call Special Ranger Cummings at 918-342-0888, or the Operation Cow Thief tip hotline at 888-830-2333. TSCRA offers a cash reward for information leading to the arrest and/or grand jury indictment of individuals for theft of livestock or related property. Anonymity is guaranteed.