Ranchers and livestock investigators feel burden of increased cattle rustlingLoading
  • Left to right, Rachel Finqerle, Bill Azevedo and rancher Mark Beck move his cattle from the field to pens before they brand about 600 head of cattle at Steffan Ranch Thursday October 24, 2013 in Lodi, Calif. Cattle theft has risen 22 percent since pre-recession levels and has been helped by a steady rise in cattle prices where a head of cattle can sell for as much as $1,000.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
  • Left to right, Bill Azevedo, Rachel Finqerle, Rich Rice, Pat Yaucey and Sherry Azevedo Johnson move rancher Mark Beck's cattle from the field to pens before they brand about 600 head of cattle at Steffan Ranch Thursday October 24, 2013 in Lodi, Calif.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
  • Rancher Mark Beck, center, culls unbranded cattle at Steffan Ranch before they will be branded on Thursday October 24, 2013 in Lodi, Calif.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
  • Rancher Mark Beck and helpers prepare to brand about 600 75-day-old cattle at Steffan Ranch Thursday October 24, 2013 in Lodi, Calif.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
  • Rancher Mark Beck and helpers prepare to brand about 600 75-day-old cattle at Steffan Ranch Thursday October 24, 2013 in Lodi, Calif.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
  • Louie Azevedo, left, and Rich Rice, right, cull branded cattle from the 75-day-old cattle they prepare to brand at Steffan Ranch Thursday October 24, 2013 in Lodi, Calif.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
  • Roger Thomasson prepares to rope calf to be branded at Steffan Ranch Thursday October 24, 2013 in Lodi, Calif.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
  • Billy McDonald prepares to rope 75-day-old calf for branding at Steffan Ranch Thursday October 24, 2013 in Lodi, Calif.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
  • Louie Azevedo brands a calf as rancher Mark Beck, right , steadies the animal. Justin Wright, sitting on his horse, with Billy McDonald and Roger Thomasson assist with branding, vaccinations, tagging and castration of over 600 Black English Cross cattle at Steffan Ranch on Thursday October 24, 2013 in Lodi, Calif. Branding identifies cattle owners and is helpful when cattle theft or confusion in ownership occurs.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
  • Rancher Mark Beck holds down a freshly branded calf as they vaccinate and tag over 600 cattle at the Steffan Ranch on Thursday October 24, 2013 in Lodi, Calif.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
  • Branded cattle are culled rom the calves being branded on Steffan Ranch on Thursday October 24, 2013 in Lodi, Calif.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
  • Rancher Mark Beck oversees branding of about 600 75-day-old cattle at Steffan Ranch Thursday October 24, 2013 in Lodi, Calif. Beck has had four steers stolen this year from his ranches in Sacramento, San Joaquin and Calaveras County.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
  • Rich Rice assists calf-branding preparation on the Steffan Ranch Thursday October 24, 2013 in Lodi, Calif.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
  • California Bureau of Livestock investigator John Suther, supervisor Patrick Taylor with Nevada Department of Agriculture Enforcement officer Blaine Northrop and Sterling Wines inspect livestock brands matching the documents of livestock being hauled by truckers Randy Bryant, left, and Ed Titus, third from right, at a check point Thursday October 17, 2013 in Nevada.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
  • California Bureau of Livestock investigator John Suther matches documents and inspects livestock brands being hauled by Ed Titus, center, at a check point on Thursday October 17, 2013 in Nevada. John Suther is California's only livestock investigator and there are roughly 3 million head of cattle in the California.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
  • California Bureau of Livestock supervisor Patrick Taylor and Nevada Department of Agriculture Enforcement officers Sterling Wines and Blaine Northrop inspect livestock brands to documents of livestock being hauled in trucks, which include cattle, horses and sheep at a check point Thursday October 17, 2013 in Nevada.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
  • California Bureau of Livestock supervisor Patrick Taylor inspect livestock brands and documents of livestock being hauled in trucks, which include cattle, horses and sheep, at a check point Thursday October 17, 2013 in Nevada. Cattle theft has risen 22 percent since pre-recession levels and has been helped by a steady rise in cattle prices, where a head of cattle can sell for as much as $1,000. There are roughly 3 million head of cattle in the California.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
  • John Suther, California's only livestock investigator, checks documents at a check point on Thursday October 17, 2013 in Nevada as supervisor Patrick Taylor and Nevada Department of Agriculture Enforcement officer Blaine Northrop inspect livestock being hauled in trucks, which include cattle, horses and sheep.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
  • California Bureau of Livestock supervisor Patrick Taylor and Nevada Department of Agriculture Enforcement officer Blaine Northrop inspect livestock brands matching the documents of livestock being hauled in trucks, which include cattle, horses and sheep at a check point Thursday October 17, 2013 in Nevada.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
  • Nevada Department of Agriculture Enforcement officer Sterling Wines chases a vehicle on I-80 transporting horses outside of California after they failed to stop at a vehicle inspection stationThursday October 17, 2013 in Nevada. He inspected their livestock paper work and gave them a warning for failing to stop as required.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
  • Nevada Department of Agriculture Enforcement officer Sterling Wines inspects horses after he chased down the driver outside of California when they failed to stop at the vehicle inspection station Thursday October 17, 2013 in Nevada. He inspected their livestock, paper work and gave them a warning for failing to stop at the livestock vehicle inspection as required.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
  • Nevada Department of Agriculture Enforcement officer Sterling Wines fills out an Entry / Transit / Destination / Exit Inspection report after he chased down a vehicle transporting horses outside of California when they failed to stop at vehicle inspection stationThursday October 17, 2013 in Nevada.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
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