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Chireno Man Indicted on Three Counts of Cattle Theft

For Immediate Release: March 17, 2014

Contact: Carmen Fenton, 512-673-3906

Nacogdoches, Texas – A Chireno, Texas, man turned himself in to authorities today after he was indicted by a Grand Jury on three counts of felony livestock theft. Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Special Ranger Larry Hand was the lead investigator on the case along with Special Ranger Jimmy Dickson and Market Inspector Pat McGuigan.

Raymond Perry Muse, 45, is accused of stealing cattle from two different victims, both of which were neighbors of Muse.

The investigation began in October 2013 after Hand received a call from a victim that he was missing cattle. Further investigations led Hand to a second victim and more missing cattle. In total, at least eight head were stolen on three separate occasions.

All of the cattle were positively identified and returned to their owners.

“This case required a lot of research, several means of identifying ownership including a DNA test, cooperation of the victims, and a list of local law enforcement officials,” said Hand.

“Cattle thefts in this area aren’t rare, particularly with today’s high cattle prices,” said Hand. “This is why it is so important for ranchers to brand and keep count of their cattle.”

Muse surrendered himself Monday and was released on a $50,000 bond.

Hand says the investigation is ongoing.

TSCRA would like to thank David Crisp, detective with the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Department, the Nacogdoches County District Attorney’s Office, and Dr. James Derr with the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University for their assistance with this case.

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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 137-year-old trade association and is the largest and oldest livestock organization based in Texas. TSCRA has more than 16,000 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.

Sperry, Okla., man convicted of knowingly concealing stolen property

For Immediate Release: Nov. 20, 2013
Contact: Carmen Fenton, 512-673-3906

Tulsa, Okla. – A Sperry, Okla., man was convicted Monday of knowingly concealing stolen property. Terry Lee Jett, 42, was convicted after he knowingly sold stolen cattle at the Collinsville livestock auction in Collinsville, Okla.

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Cattle Raisers Applaud Passage of Proposition 6

For Immediate Release: Nov. 5, 2013
Contact: Carmen Fenton, 512-673-3906

Fort Worth, Texas – Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association President Pete Bonds made the following statement today after Texas voters approved Proposition 6, a constitutional amendment that will provide for the creation of the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas and the . . . → Read More:

Two San Jacinto County Cattle Theft Suspects Surrender to Authorities

For Immediate Release: Sept. 9, 2013
Contact: Carmen Fenton, 512-673-3906

Coldsprings, Texas – Two San Jacinto County suspects turned themselves in today after they were accused of stealing three head of cattle from a San Jacinto County rancher. Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Brent Mast led the investigation. TSCRA . . . → Read More:

Texas Ranch Wins Regional Environmental Award

For Immediate Release: Aug. 10, 2013
Contact: Carmen Fenton, 512-673-3906

Fort Worth, Texas – Frank and Sims Price, owners of the Frank and Sims Price Ranch located outside of Sterling City,  Texas, were recognized as a 2013 regional Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP) winner Thursday during the 2013 Cattle Industry Summer Conference in . . . → Read More:

Huntsville Ranchers Receive Texas Beef Quality Assurance Award

For Immediate Release: Aug. 9, 2013
Contact: Carmen Fenton, 512-673-3906

Fort Worth, Texas – Howard and Carolyn Davis of San Jacinto Ranch in Huntsville, Texas, were announced as this year’s recipients of the Texas Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Award. The award was presented Monday during the 2013 Beef Cattle Short Course in College . . . → Read More:

TSCRA Cattlemen’s Column: Lack of Action Could Leave Rural Texas in the Dust

Lack of Action Could Leave Rural Texas in the Dust
By: Austin Brown III

A recent announcement by the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) to start converting asphalt roads to gravel has a lot of ranchers worried. Safe and well-maintained farm-to-market and rural-ranch roads are the lifeline of the Texas cattle industry, and . . . → Read More:

Cattle Raisers Mourn the Passing of TSCRA President Clay Birdwell

For Immediate Release: Aug. 7, 2013
Contact: Carmen Fenton, 512-673-3906

Fort Worth, Texas – Joe Parker Jr., immediate past president of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, released the following statement today following the passing of  TSCRA President Clay Birdwell.

“It’s with a very heavy heart that we say goodbye to TSCRA . . . → Read More:

Former Lincoln County District Judge Charged with Cattle Theft

For Immediate Release: July 29, 2013
Contact: Carmen Fenton, 512-673-3906

Oklahoma City – The leader of a confessed cattle theft ring was handed four indictments by an Oklahoma multi-county grand jury Thursday. Former Lincoln County District Judge Craig Key, 48, of Chandler, Okla., was charged with 26 felony charges including embezzlement and cattle . . . → Read More:

Washington County Man Charged with Cattle Theft

For Immediate Release: July 24, 2013
Contact: Carmen Fenton, 512-673-3906

Brenham, Texas – A Washington County man was arrested Tuesday by authorities after he was charged with third degree felony cattle theft.

Boysie Deleon Cole, 18, allegedly stole a small calf from a Washington rancher. The victim’s neighbor reportedly witnessed Cole taking the . . . → Read More:

Convicted Cattle Thief Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison

For Immediate Release: July 1, 2013
Contact: Carmen Fenton, 512-673-3906

Hillsboro, Texas – A 53-year-old Cleburne man was sentenced to 15 years in prison today after he was found guilty of stealing five calves from a Johnson County rancher.

In 2010, Terry Shawn Linville sold five calves at the Hubbard Livestock Market, but . . . → Read More:

Truck and Copper Theft Suspect Arrested in Claremore, Okla.

For Immediate Release: June 14, 2013
Contact: Carmen Fenton, 512-673-3906

Claremore, Okla. – Authorities have arrested a Chelsea man who they believe is responsible for the May theft of a pickup truck and 3,000 pounds of stranded copper stolen from a ranch near Chelsea, Okla.

Matthew James Fuller, 26, was apprehended Tuesday by . . . → Read More:

Authorities looking for suspects in copper theft case

For Immediate Release: June 14, 2013
Contact: Carmen Fenton, 512-673-3906

Claremore, Okla. – Authorities with the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) are seeking information leading to the arrest of suspects involved in the theft of a pickup truck and 3,000 pounds of stranded copper wire worth approximately $7,000 stolen from a . . . → Read More:

State Sen. Glenn Hegar to Speak at Cattle Raisers Summer Meeting

For Immediate Release: June 7, 2013
Contact: Carmen Fenton, 512-673-3906

Fort Worth, Texas – State Sen. Glenn Hegar, Katy, has been added to the lineup of speakers that will address cattle producers from Texas and Oklahoma at the 2013 Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) summer meeting.

The meeting will be at . . . → Read More:

Two members of East Texas family charged with engaging in organized criminal activity

For Immediate Release: June 6, 2013
Contact: Carmen Fenton, 512-673-3906

Quitman, Texas – Members of an East Texas family have been formally charged

with engaging in organized criminal activity after Wood County authorities discovered stolen equipment at their home near Winnsboro.

Dylan Shane Anders

Jason Shane Anders, 38, turned himself in to . . . → Read More:

TSCRA Cattlemen’s Column: A Workable Fix for Working Immigrants

A Workable Fix for Working Immigrants
By: Pete Bonds

When I was a kid I worked outside on the ranch from sunup until sundown. When my girls were old enough, they did the same thing. Working right alongside them was a handful of migrant workers who helped us with the hard and physical . . . → Read More:

Cattle Raisers Offer Reward for Copper Wire Stolen Near Chelsea, Okla.

For Immediate Release: June 4, 2013
Contact: Carmen Fenton, 512-673-3906

Claremore, Oklahoma – Authorities with the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) are offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and indictment of a suspect or suspects involved in the theft of a pickup truck and 3,000 pounds of stranded . . . → Read More:

Poteau Man Jailed in LaFlore County on Cattle Theft Charges

For Immediate Release: May 3, 2013
Contact: Carmen Fenton, 512-673-3906

Poteau, Okla. – A Poteau, Okla., man was arrested Thursday by Special Ranger Bart Perrier on a warrant for four counts of Larceny of Livestock.

Kevin Lyle Hanna, 50, was charged with allegedly stealing four commercial cows that were branded and ear-notched from . . . → Read More:

Freestone County man Indicted on Felony Theft Charges

For Immediate Release: May 3, 2013
Contact: Carmen Fenton, 512-673-3906

Fairfield, Texas – A four month cattle theft investigation concluded Wednesday after a Freestone County man surrendered himself to authorities.

Jackie Lynn Farish, 68, of Wortham, was indicted April 24, 2013, on third degree felony theft regarding missing livestock.

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For Immediate Release: April 19, 2013
Contact: Carmen Fenton, 512-673-3906

Below you will find the Cattlemen’s Column, authored by Blake Birdwell, a rancher from Muleshoe, Texas, and 1 of 3 TSCRA delegates to the national Young Cattlemen’s Council.

In honor of Earth Day, Birdwell sets the record straight on the environmental . . . → Read More:

RRC Chair Barry Smitherman to Talk Oil & Gas at Cattle Raisers Convention

For Immediate Release: March 20, 2013
Contact: Carmen Fenton, 512-673-3906

Fort Worth, Texas – An in-depth discussion of the Texas oil and gas industry and its impacts on landowners will take place during the breakout session sponsored by the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Natural Resources & Environment and Legislative & . . . → Read More:

TX Attorney General to Address Ranchers at Cattle Raisers Convention

For Immediate Release: March 18, 2013
Contact: Carmen Fenton, 512-673-3906

Fort Worth, Texas – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott will speak to ranchers and landowners during the Opening General Session of 136th Annual Cattle Raisers Convention, March 22-24, in Fort Worth. Abbott will speak at the Saturday session at 11:15 a.m.

“With our . . . → Read More:

Sen. Cornyn Announced as Speaker at Cattle Raisers Convention

For Immediate Release: March 13, 2013
Contact: Carmen Fenton, 512-673-3906

Fort Worth, Texas – U.S. Senator John Cornyn will speak to cattlemen and women during the Opening General Session of the136th Annual Cattle Raisers Convention, March 22-24 in Fort Worth. Cornyn will speak at the Saturday session at approximately 10:45 a.m.

“I look . . . → Read More:

U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway; State Rep. Charlie Geren to Address Ranchers at Cattle Raisers Convention

For Immediate Release: March 5, 2013
Contact: Carmen Fenton, 512-673-3906

Fort Worth, Texas – U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway, Midland, and Texas Rep. Charlie Geren, Fort Worth, will discuss the latest on federal and state government actions at one of the many breakout sessions during the 136th annual Cattle Raisers Convention in Fort Worth, . . . → Read More:

TSCRA Cattlemen’s Column: Water for All Texans

Water for All Texans
By: Joe Leathers

It’s not news that more people are moving to Texas at a rapid pace. And why wouldn’t they? For starters, the low cost of living, genuine people, beautiful landscapes and old-fashioned common sense make Texas a great place to live. And our state’s relatively strong economy . . . → Read More:

Oklahoma Man Pleads Guilty in Horse Theft Cases

For Immediate Release: Feb. 26, 2013
Contact: Carmen Fenton, 512-673-3906

Pawhuska, Okla. – A Wynona, Okla. man pleaded guilty Thursday on 2 felony counts of Larceny of Domestic Animals after stealing 2 horses he was hired to break and train.

Michael John Delaney II, 28, received a 10 year deferred sentence with supervised . . . → Read More:

Baxter Black, Jake Hooker and Perini Ranch Headline Events at Cattle Raisers Convention

For Immediate Release: Feb. 24, 2013
Contact: Carmen Fenton, 512-673-3906

Fort Worth, Texas – Well-known cowboy poet, Baxter Black, will speak to the crowd during the Closing General Session of the 2013 Cattle Raisers Convention March 22-24 in Fort Worth.

A former large animal veterinarian, Black is best known for his newspaper column . . . → Read More:

Midland Man Turns Himself in for Cattle Theft

For Immediate Release: Jan. 29, 2013
Contact: Carmen Fenton, 512-673-3906

Midland, Texas – A Midland man on the run since May 2012 turned himself in to authorities Monday after he was located, arrested and released on personal recognizance bond in Big Horn, Montana, on a warrant stemming from cattle theft charges in Midland . . . → Read More:

Cattle Industry Faces Crossroad of Supply, Demand and Drought

For Immediate Release: Jan. 24, 2013
Contact: Carmen Fenton, 512-673-3906

Fort Worth, Texas – Today’s rancher is faced with 3 major challenges: a looming financial crisis that is slowing consumer demand for beef, the lowest cattle supplies since the 1940s, and a lingering drought that has expanded to other parts of the country. . . . → Read More:

TSCRA Offers Free BQA Training in Clarendon

For Immediate Release: Jan. 16, 2013
Contact: Carmen Fenton, 512-673-3906

Fort Worth, Texas – Beef producers can get free training to help them become more competitive by attending the Texas Beef Quality Producer (TBQP) program in Clarendon, Tuesday, Jan. 29, at the Donley County extension office from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“The . . . → Read More: