Oklahoma cattle producers have lost millions of dollars in stolen cattle as meth addicts continue to steal the animals to make quick money, an industry official said on Wednesday.
Officials with the State Department of Agriculture said that 650 head of cattle have been reported stolen so far this year, while 1,000 head of cattle were reported stolen last year. Executive vice president of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association Michael Kelsey said that about 90% of cattle thefts in Oklahoma are connected to meth, Janelle Stecklein reported for The Duncan Banner.
Kelsey said that the animals are extemely valuable since beef industry prices are at record highs.
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