The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association also assists with cattle theft cases and many are under investigation at this time. Cattle that have been branded or equipped with microchips have a higher rate of positive identification and recovery and many are found when criminals attempt to sell cattle at auction or to an individual. Hidden infrared digital surveillance cameras with both video and photo mode are being widely used near gate entrances and cattle lots to curtail theft as well.
Should you have information related to livestock theft, contact the local sheriff or the ODAFF Investigative Services at 522-6102 or visit oda.state.ok.us/invsvc/. Oklahoma Cooperative Extension and Oklahoma State University offer their programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, or status as a veteran and are Equal Opportunity Employers.
Heath Herje is an agriculture educator with Cleveland County Cooperative Extension service.
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