At the present time the state courts are not imposing stiff enough sentences on those that are caught to deter thieves. For example if a person is caught with $300.00 of marijuana or other drugs, he gets 5-10 years in a federal prison. If the same person is guilty of stealing 5 market ready calves that will bring $1,000.00 each at auction, in state court, he may get 5 years of probation and required to pay restitution, which in most cases is never paid.
Husky Branding Irons is currently working with our representative to enact a law making it a federal offence to steal livestock. Until we can get stiffer (federal) laws passed, in order to deter livestock thefts, we have instituted a reward program that has been successful for those who are participating. In order to participate we ask that you purchase a package of 5 signs to post on your gates and other appropriate locations and brand all of your livestock 2 months old and older. The cost of the package is only $25.00.
We currently have over 3,000 participants in this program, some for as long as 2 years, and there has not been any livestock thefts reported by them.
Please read our article about this program and give us a call