Amarillo, TX - Cattle theft is on the rise in much of Texas and investigators say it is because thieves can make a large profit from just one cow.
With the price of beef going up, the cost of buying cattle is also growing, so more are turning to theft.
The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association says these thefts can happen very quickly and can sometimes take just one person.
With the high cost of cattle and the fact that cows do not lose any value, the thieves make a profit because they are getting market value when they re-sale the animal.
"They're going to steal them one way or the other, these thieves don't care about the economy one way or the other, but it gives them greater incentive if their worth more money," says Harold Dempsey, a Special Ranger.
The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association suggests you always brand your cattle, keep them in a locked gate and count them on a regular basis.