Sharp-eyed sales manager spots stolen cattle

The watchful eye of a Johnson County livestock buyer helped a man get three stolen heifers returned to his farm, as the problem of cattle rustling increases nationally.

Two men traveled to the Johnson County Sales Pavilion south of Franklin on Sunday, looking to sell three heifers. Sales pavilion manager Rick Teverbaugh noticed a specific brand on each of them and quickly became suspicious the animals might have been stolen, according to a Johnson County Sheriff’s Office report.

A Hendricks County farmer recently had seven cattle stolen from his farm. The Indiana Beef Cattle Association sent out about 1,600 emails to state livestock producers and farmers, alerting them of the theft, executive vice president Joe Moore said.

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