“It’s real frustrating,” he said. “Right now, they are living a pretty good life. Who knows where they are going from here?”
Overnight, culprits stole 16 one-month-old heifers. That’s after already swiping 10 the first time. To get to the calves, thieves would have to lift up 300-pound cages.
“The workers do their best to keep these things fed and well-maintained, and you’ve got these thieves that come out here and they just steal them.”
Mike Seward oversees a group called Hilmar Farm Watch, working to get the word out about this growing problem.
“We hope this doesn’t become a trend,” he said. “They don’t care it’s a calf. They don’t view it as a life. They view it as income and that’s sad.”
Steve says each calf is worth about $600. He hopes the crooks are caught before the farm’s profits go down the drain. Read more >>