Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

October 21, 2013

Price put on cattle rustlers’ heads

Barry Porterfield
Pauls Valley Democrat — The theft of a couple dozen high priced head of cattle near Pauls Valley now has one state group putting up big bucks for information leading to the culprits.

The Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association is offering a $10,000 reward to anyone who has information about the theft of 22 head of Black Angus and Black Baldy cattle from a ranch located a few miles outside of Pauls Valley.

Reported on Oct. 11, the cattle taken are owned by John Griswold of the Griswold Cattle Company in Stillwater.

Rancher Rusty Halverson, serving as caretaker of the cattle, reported to authorities the animals may have been taken from a pasture at his ranch located six miles east and one mile north of PV.

Now on the trail of the thieves are agents with the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry (ODAFF).

“The cattlemen’s association reached out to us to let us know they are offering a reward on these stolen cattle,” said Blayne Arthur, deputy commissioner at ODAFF.

Arthur stressed what they’re looking for is help from the public, as in any kind of information to help agents track down these stolen cows, which are branded with the letters LL on the left hip.

She agrees any cattle theft is a “big deal” for any owners and producers.

This one is a bit different. These cattle have even more value since they were raised for special breeding purposes or the show arena.

“A lot of time, energy and money went into these cattle,” Arthur said.

“That’s what makes the value of them different,” she said. “The difference in this case is the much higher value of the cattle, the genetics.

“These cattle would sell for significantly more at auction than traditional cows.”

The cattle taken from the Garvin County ranch are being investigated by the ODAFF’s law enforcement section because of its wider range of investigative jurisdiction.

“Our investigative services can cross county lines to follow a lead,” Arthur said.

She added the Black Baldy cows are black in color with white faces.

The cattlemen’s association reward is being offered to anyone with information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.

Anyone with information regarding the theft of these cattle is asked to call the ODAFF Investigative Services office at 405-522-6102.