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Owner Claims Abandoned Cattle – Authorities search for thieves

June 29, 2016


Baton Rouge, La. (June 28, 2016) – Investigators say a trailer load of cattle found along I-12 heading east near Hammond, La. Monday, June 20, 2016 were stolen from an Iberville Parish cattleman. Authorities say the trailer carrying the cattle was also stolen property from another Iberville Parish farmer.


The 18 Brangus heifers will be returned to their owner Wednesday, June 29. They were housed at Amite Stockyard as the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Brand Commission and law enforcement looked for leads in this theft of livestock and farm crime.


“Because these cattle were not branded, it took us longer to identify who owned these heifers. We encourage all livestock owners to properly identify their animals with official ear tags or brands,” said LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M. “Farm equipment such as trailers must also be properly inventoried so identification can be made in theft cases.”


Anyone with information is asked to call the LDAF hotline at 855-452-5323 or Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office. A reward up to $1,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this crime through the LDAF Livestock Crime Stoppers Program.