The angus, charolaise and hereford cows and calves disappeared from grazing land located in the Cisco area near Interstate 70, about 40 miles northeast of Moab, Pace said. The cattle, which belong to Holyoak Land and Livestock of Green River, Utah, are branded with a Rafter H brand on the right shoulder or a Lazy H quarter-circle brand on the right hip, according to information from the sheriff’s department. The cows are also marked with either an under bit on the right ear or an orange tag in the left ear, officials said.
Holyoak Livestock is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the persons involved in the theft, according to a sheriff’s department news release.
In 2002, two men pleaded guilty in Moab’s 7th District Court for stealing or receiving stolen cattle in Grand, Sanpete and Emery counties. The case involved the theft of dozens of cows and thousands of dollars in equipment from rural grazing areas in southeast Utah in one of the largest incidents of cattle theft in recent state history, officials with the Utah Department of Agriculture said at the time.
Pace said that, despite those 2002 convictions, incidents of cattle theft have continued to plague rural ranchers.
Anyone with information concerning the theft of cattle is asked to contact the Grand County Sheriff’s Office at 435-259-4321 or 435-259-8115.