A Lawrence County cattle producer is missing 27 yearling cows less than two weeks after law enforcement and a Missouri extension specialist met with cattle producers to talk about the high number of cattle thefts in the area.

The Associated Press reports 27 yearlings were taken from a ranch near Marionville, Mo. late last week. The animals stolen represent about a third of the cattle on Kyle Burk’s ranch.

Investigators say the theft took several hours to complete in the middle of the night and was well planned.  The gate was broken down and somebody escaped with cattle worth $30,000.

"I mean all summer - every farmer around here lost money from the drought - and then we get a hit like this," Burk tells KSPR News. "The high feed costs - you're not making any money - and then somebody takes $30,000 of your livelihood and thinks nothing of it."

Burk, a fifth generation farmer, has insurance to recover about half of what the cattle were worth.


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