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TSCRA News Release: Rockwood Man Sentenced 15 years in Prison after Stealing Cattle

Estes Don 012915FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 17, 2015
CONTACT: Laramie Adams
Cell: 512-922-7328

Coleman, Texas – A Rockwood, Texas man was arrested and charged with second degree theft of livestock and sentenced to 15 years in prison on Feb. 2 after stealing $3,000 worth of cattle from a rancher located in Coleman, Texas.  

The investigation was led by Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Special Ranger Joe Roberts and Coleman County Sheriff’s Deputy Archie Lancaster.  

Roberts received a phone call on March 6, 2014 from a ranch hand who stated that three head of cattle from were stolen from his boss’s ranch in Coleman, Texas. The foreman told Roberts that he found four wires cut on the victim’s fence and a gate going into the neighbor’s property had been moved. 

The suspect, Don Ernest Estes, 40, of Rockwood, Texas owns the land neighboring the victim’s property where the fence and gate had been tampered with. Roberts was able to determine that Estes had stolen the cattle from the victim, whose land shared a fence line.  

The victim stated that the cattle missing would have weighed about 650 pounds and were either black or red heifers or steers with no brands.  

Roberts contacted the owner and bookkeeper of the Coleman Livestock Auction and the owner of the auction told Roberts that Estes sold a red 615 pound steer at the auction on Feb. 5.  

Roberts was able to identify the steer because it had a blue ear tag in the left ear that said  “Estes.” Later that week, Lancaster and the ranch owners found and confirmed the identity of the other two head of cattle on another piece of land, which was being leased by Estes. The cattle contained fresh brands on them with the letter “E.”  

Estes was arrested and charged with 3rd degree cattle theft, but the charge was later enhanced by Coleman County District Attorney Heath Hemphill to a 2nd degree felony due to prior convictions. Estes pled guilty and was sentenced to 15 years in the state penitentiary for cattle theft and prior criminal mischief.    

TSCRA would like to thank the Coleman County Sheriff’s Department for their assistance with this investigation.  

“It is crucial for ranchers to always brand and keep an accurate count on their cattle,” said Roberts. “Taking these precautions serve as the first line of defense against cattle theft. Additionally, it is important for ranchers to report suspicious activity to their local law enforcement as quickly as possible. In this case, we were able to work with the victim and local law enforcement to investigate the crime and arrest another cattle thief. We will always work to seek justice for ranchers when necessary.”  

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TSCRA has 30 special rangers stationed strategically throughout Texas and Oklahoma who have in-depth knowledge of the cattle industry and are trained in all facets of law enforcement. All are commissioned as Special Rangers by the Texas Department of Public Safety and/or the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.  

TSCRA is a 138-year-old trade association and is the largest and oldest livestock organization based in Texas. TSCRA has more than 16,500 beef cattle operations, ranching families and businesses as members. These members represent approximately 50,000 individuals directly involved in ranching and beef production who manage 4 million head of cattle on 76 million acres of range and pasture land primarily in Texas and Oklahoma, but throughout the Southwest.

TSCRA News Release: TSCRA Statement on House Passage of Death Tax Repeal Act

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April, 16, 2015
CONTACT: Laramie Adams
Cell: 512-922-7328 

Fort Worth, Texas – Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Second Vice President Robert McKnight, a rancher from Fort Davis, Texas, today made the following statement after the United States House of Representatives passed H.R. 1105, the . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: Hugo Man Arrested and Charged for Larceny of Livestock

Madill, Okla. – A Hugo, Okla. man was arrested and charged with larceny of livestock on Friday for stealing cattle on two separate occasions from the Watkins Ranch, located in Madill, Okla.  

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Special Ranger Bart Perrier led the investigation and TSCRA Special Ranger Troy McKinney . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: New Leaders Elected at 138th Cattle Raisers Convention

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Contact: Laramie Adams
Cell: 512-922-7328

Fort Worth, Texas – The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) elected new members to their board of directors at the 138th Cattle Raisers Convention, which took place March 27-29. Cattle Raisers set a new record at their Convention with more than 3,700 . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: Falls County Man Arrested for Third Degree Theft of Property

Marlin, Texas – A Marlin, Texas man was arrested Friday, March 6 and charged with third degree theft of property after stealing $34,000 worth of ranching equipment and other items from a Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association member located in Marlin, Texas.  

Falls County Chief Deputy Kenneth Vanek, Falls County . . . → Read More:

TSCRA Cattlemen’s Column: Cattle Health Should Remain Top Priority for Ranchers

By: Tom Haynie, TSCRA Director and Animal Health Committee Chair

As the State of Texas continues dealing with violence and other critical issues along the Texas-Mexico border, the threat of an animal disease and parasite outbreak continues to grow. Cattle are constantly being transported into Texas, and the lack of proper . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: Authorities Seeking Information on Theft of Livestock at Braum’s Farms

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March 2, 2014
Contact: Laramie Adams
Cell: 512-922-7328 

Braum’s Theft Release (SPANISH) – Follet, Texas

Follett, Texas – Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Special Ranger Ben Eggleston is seeking information on the theft of 1,121 head of Holstein/Jersey cross steer calves . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: Authorities Seeking Information on Horse Theft at Presidio USDA Facility

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Feb. 27, 2015
CONTACT: Laramie Adams
Cell: 512-922-7328

RELEASE (SPANISH)- Presido Case

Presidio, Texas – Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Special Ranger Mike Barr is seeking information on the theft of three horses and one mule . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: Hardeman County Man Sentenced after Convicted of Theft of Livestock

Wichita Falls, Texas – A Chillicothe, Texas man was sentenced with restitution Tues., Feb. 17 after pleading guilty to third degree theft of livestock and two counts of hindering a secured creditor. Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Special Ranger Scott Williamson led the investigation. The Wilbarger County District Attorney Staley . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: TSCRA Statement on 2015 Dietary Guideline Recommendations

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Feb. 20, 2015
CONTACT: Laramie Adams
Cell: 512-922-7328 

Fort Worth, Texas – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Thursday released their 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s (DGAC) report, which recommends that Americans consume . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: Denver City Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Offense Theft of Livestock

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FEB. 12, 2015
CONTACT: Laramie Adams
Cell: 512-922-7328

Fort Worth, Texas – A Denver City, Texas man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a federal offense of theft of livestock after he lied to a federal agent claiming ownership of cattle that were not his.

Texas and . . . → Read More:

TSCRA Cattlemen’s Column: Nutritional Value Lacking from Proposed Dietary Guidelines

CONTACT: Laramie Adams
Cell: 512-922-7328 

By: Claudia Scott Wright, TSCRA Director and Association Promotion Committee Chair  

Every five years the United States Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services joint Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) is charged with revising Dietary Guidelines for Americans.  

In December 2014, . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: Authorities Seeking Information on Cow Shot in Rogers County

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Feb. 9, 2015
CONTACT: LARAMIE ADAMS
CELL: 512-922-7328

Chelsea, Okla. – Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Special Ranger John Cummings is seeking information on the shooting of a cow in Rogers County.  

At Approximately 6:30 a.m. on Thurs. Feb. 5, a Rogers County rancher found a black . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: New Braunfels Man Arrested for Third Degree Theft of Livestock

Fort Worth, Texas – A New Braunfels, Texas man was arrested Tuesday on three separate charges of third degree theft of cattle. The suspect stole the cattle during four different transactions over a 15 month period from a ranch in New Braunfels where he was employed as the ranch manager.  

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TSCRA News Release: TSCRA Statement on Withdrawal of EPA Interpretive Water Rule

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Feb. 4, 2015
CONTACT: Laramie Adams
CELL: 512-922-7328

Fort Worth, Texas – The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association today made the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the United States Army Corps of Engineers issued a memorandum withdrawing their Waters of . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: 2015 Cattle Raisers Convention Scheduled for March 27-29 in Fort Worth

Vicente Fox, Past President of Mexico, to be Keynote Speaker

Fort Worth, Texas – The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) announced today that the 138th annual Cattle Raisers Convention, the biggest ranching industry event of the year, is scheduled for March 27-29, 2015 at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: TSCRA Ranch Rodeo Scheduled in Duncan Feb. 13-14

Fort Worth, Texas – The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association announced today that they will host a ranch rodeo on Feb. 13-14 at the Stephens County Fair and Expo Center in Duncan, Okla. Each ranch rodeo performance will begin at 7:00 p.m. 

The ranch rodeo will be held in conjunction . . . → Read More:

TSCRA Cattlemen’s Column: National Beef Checkoff – A Successful Grassroots Program

CONTACT: Laramie Adams
Cell: 512-922-7328

January 20, 2015

By: Richard Thorpe III, First Vice President, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association  

In 1985, the United States Congress passed the Farm Bill, which in-turn created the Beef Promotion and Research Act. Creation of this Act gave American beef producers the ability to create a . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: Authorities Searching for Suspects in Osage County Cattle Theft Case

Wynona, Okla. – Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Bart Perrier and the Osage County Sheriff’s Department are seeking information on the theft of 12 head of calves that were stolen sometime between Tues., Nov. 11, 2014 and Wed., Nov. 19, 2014. from an Osage County rancher located near Wynona, Okla.  

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TSCRA News Release: Ardmore Man Convicted of Knowingly Concealing Stolen Cattle

Waurika, Okla. – An Ardmore, Okla., man was convicted on Dec. 16, 2014 after knowingly concealing stolen property (cattle) in Jefferson County. Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Bart Perrier led the investigation. 

Cody Wayne Blalock, 28, was convicted after he sold two steers, in the summer of . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: TSCRA Submits Comments Opposing Importation of Beef from Northern Argentina

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Dec. 22, 2014
CONTACT: Laramie Adams
Cell: 512-922-7328

Fort Worth, Texas – The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) President Pete Bonds made the following statement today after TSCRA submitted comments in opposition to a recent rule proposal by the United States Department . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: Fairfax Man Arrested for Larceny of Livestock

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December 19, 2014
CONTACT: Laramie Adams
Cell: 512-922-7328 

Oklahoma City, Okla. – A Fairfax, Okla., man was arrested in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Thursday and charged with larceny of domestic animals. Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association  Special Ranger Bart Perrier led the investigation.

Garrett . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: Second Arkansas Man Arrested in Cattle Theft Case

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CONTACT: Laramie Adams
Cell: 512-922-7328

Camden, Ark. – A second Arkansas man was arrested Wednesday and placed in the Ouachita County, Ark. jail as a suspect in the theft of approximately 70 head of cattle across Texas and Arkansas.  

The suspect, Levi Boyd, 37, of Camden, Ark. was arrested by Texas . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: Arkansas Man Arrested for Theft of Livestock after Manhunt

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Contact: Laramie Adams, Cell: 512-922-7328

Carthage, Texas – Bradley Wayne Guthrey, 25, of North Little Rock, Ark. was arrested in Carthage, Texas on Tuesday, Dec. 9 and charged with multiple felonies after it was revealed that he was involved in the theft of a total of . . . → Read More:

TSCRA Cattlemen’s Column: TSCRA Prepares for 84th Texas Legislative Session

CONTACT: Laramie Adams, Cell: 512-922-7328

By: Robert McKnight, Second Vice President, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association

On January 13, 2015, the 84th session of the Texas Legislature is kicking off in Austin, Texas. The state House and Senate are welcoming back many seasoned legislators, but also adding many freshmen to the . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: Four Suspects Indicted in East Texas Cattle Theft Case

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Nov. 21, 2014
CONTACT: Laramie Adams
Cell: 512-922-7328

Carthage, Texas – Four Carthage, Texas suspects were indicted Nov. 6, 2014 after being charged with theft of livestock after stealing one cow from a neighboring rancher in Panola County, Texas.

Texas and Southwestern Cattle . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: Authorities Searching for Information in Potter County Stolen or Missing Cattle Case

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
NOV. 19, 2014
CONTACT: Laramie Adams
Cell: 512-922-7328

Amarillo, Texas – Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Rangers Dean Bohannon and Harold Dempsey are seeking information on the theft of 25 head of livestock that were stolen from a Potter County . . . → Read More:

TSCRA Cattlemen’s Column: APHIS Rule Proposal Could Devastate American Cattle Herd

CATTLEMEN’S COLUMN
BY: Pete Bonds, TSCRA President
CONTACT: Laramie Adams
CELL: 512-922-7328

By Pete Bonds, President, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association  

On August 29, 2014, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), published a rule proposal in the federal register that would allow . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: TSCRA Submits Comments Opposing EPA Water Rule Proposal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Nov. 17, 2014
Contact: Laramie Adams
Cell: 512-922-7328

Fort Worth, Texas- The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) President, Pete Bonds, today made the following statement after TSCRA submitted comments on Friday opposing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and United States Army . . . → Read More:

TSCRA News Release: Oklahoma Woman Sentenced with Restitution after Knowingly Concealing Stolen Property

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Nov. 14, 2014
Contact: Laramie Adams
Cell: 512-922-7328

Durant, Okla. – An Oklahoma woman was ordered Monday to pay $59,000 in restitution to the Langford Hereford Ranch and sentenced in October to two years in the Oklahoma Department of Corrections after being found guilty of knowingly concealing stolen . . . → Read More: