Amarillo, TX - Higher beef prices in Texas is leading to an increase in cattle theft.
The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association has tracked over 400 cases of stolen cattle so far this year.
A mother and her calf can cost up to $4500.
One local Amarillo rancher tells us there are many preventative measures that can be taken.
"Brand your cattle with a permanent brand as soon as possible as soon as you own them. Once they come in our cattle are branded within twelve hours," Bob Lindsey, the operator of BLT Ranch said.
Other preventative measures include making sure pens and gates are locked, and keeping an eye on cattle as much as possible.