SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-- Cattle thefts are on the rise in the Ozarks, and in Greene County, the sheriff's office and local businesses are joining forces to try and catch cattle rustlers in a modern way.
There are many tools cattle farmers use to try and deter a cattle thief, but the latest one will keep 24 hour watch. They're surveillance cameras.
For Charles Turk, raising cattle is nothing new. "I'm 72 years old. I've had cattle all my life," Turnk says.
But one thing has changed- the frequency of cattle thefts in Greene County. "Years ago, we really didn't have to worry about it," Turk says.
A few years ago, someone stole 16 of Turk's cattle, but he was lucky enough to find them at an area stock yard and identify the group because of one unique scar. "Yes, I was very fortunate," says Turk.
Too often, there is no form of ID. Ear tags can be removed, and many producers don't use a brand.
"You know, it's a little bit tough on them to stick a hot branding iron on them, but it would be the safe thing to do," says Turk.