A social media post on Sunday morning in Southern Minnesota has gotten a lot of attention. According to the post, a newborn calf was taken from a St. Peter cattle ranch. The owners of the ranch are looking for assistance in locating the calf to reunite it with its mother and to let the public know that cattle theft is still an on-going problem in Southern Minnesota.



Kirsten Guentzel posted about the missing calf and noted at the bottom of the post that "Posting this to raise awareness of livestock theft in Southern MN. Please share to help other farmers take precautions to protect their herd during this time."

The missing heifer calf "had a yellow tag #8 but we assume the tag would be removed by whoever took her."

According to the Minnesota 2019 Statutes,

"Whoever intentionally and without claim of right shoots, kills, takes, uses, transfers, conceals or retains possession of live cattle, swine or sheep or the carcasses thereof belonging to another without the other's consent and with the intent to permanently deprive the owner thereof may be sentenced" to a fine of as much as $20,000 and 10 years in prison.

In a Facebook message Kirsten stated that her family runs a small herd of registered Black Angus cattle in Southern Minnesota and has heard of "cows being taken in the middle of the night" from pasture land. Kirsten also stated that with the current run-up of beef prices recently this could become more common.

In April of this year a cow in Austin was found butchered in a field.