Cattle were stolen from farm, left on I-12 authorities reveal
BATON ROUGE - Eighteen stolen cattle will be returned to the owner Wednesday after the cattle were found in a trailer abandoned on the side of I-12 last week.
The cattle were left on the side of I-12 eastbound near Hammond in a stolen cattle trailer. The trailer was stolen from a separate farm. Both farms are in Iberville Parish, state agriculture authorities said in a news release Tuesday night.
“Because these cattle were not branded, it took us longer to identify who owned these heifers. We encourage all livestock owners to properly identify their animals with official ear tags or brands,” said LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain. “Farm equipment such as trailers must also be properly inventoried so identification can be made in theft cases.”
Authorities are still investigating the theft cases and ask anyone with information to call investigators at 855-452-5323 or the Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office. A reward up to $1,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.
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