NBC Evening News for Friday, May 05, 1972
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(Studio) Cattle rustling said still to be lucrative profession.
REPORTER: Garrick Utley
(Rhodes, Iowa) [Dramatization of 2 rustlers shown, part of film shown to farmers and ranchers.] A mechanized operation now, cattle rustling is a bigger business than it ever was. [Cattleman, Raymond HOWARD - says rustlers are brave and successful, costing him much of his profits.] (Des Moines, Iowa) Cattlemen and police from 10 states meet to discuss rustling, and making ranchers aware of problems. (Rhodes, Iowa) Branding only required in 2 states, but stock with registered brand hard to sell illegally. New methods are inexpensive, quick, and painless, and help with inventory. Processed beef is also being stolen by truck load.
REPORTER: Fred Briggs