Ag in Action 2017
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538-5114 • 320 East Main • Lewistown, MT
Cases of suspected livestock theft are investigated by
the Brands Enforcement Division.
“Other law enforcement agencies don’t like livestock
crime because they don’t have the training to understand
it,” Doely said. Her staff works with county attorneys to
bring rustlers to court when there is enough evidence.
Much more common than theft are civil cases of disputed
ownership, Doely said.
“Often it is the ranch owner versus the hired hand, where
cattle were part of the hired man’s payment,” she explained.
Local case of rustling
A local cattle grower who did not want to be identified
told a tale of finding strangers in his cattle pasture some
years ago. He and his daughter rode their horses over to see
what the trespassers were up to, but before they could reach
them, the two strangers ran for it – taking with them the
best parts of a butchered carcass. And yes, it was the brand
that verified the theft.
“A few years ago, when calves were going for $500, it was
more common for us to get reports of rustling,” Doely said.
But, she added, it is still an issue, even if on a reduced
scale. For those with missing cattle, the Brands Enforcement
office is the place to call.
“We’re usually where they call about missing cattle, right
after they call their neighbors,” Doely said.
Besides being useful, many brands
are appreciated for their graphic
design, such as these adding to the
ambiance at the Waterhole Saloon
Photo by Jennie Gessaman