Special Agent Kendal Lothman from the Kansas Attorney General’s new Livestock/Brand Investigation Unit recently reported to the Kansas House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee that 223 cattle were reported missing or stolen in Kansas last year. During questioning by legislators regarding the motive of livestock thieves, Lothman responded that in many instances individuals who steal livestock and other property in rural Kansas are involved in illegal drug use. He told committee members he intends to communicate with all county sheriffs’ offices during his first year of duty. Lothman also will be available to provide education to livestock producers to help minimize the odds of being a cattle theft victim.
     The new Livestock/Brand Investigation Unit is a cooperative effort between the attorney general and the Kansas Department of Agriculture Division of Animal Health. It is funded by Kansas brand registration fees.


KLA Vice President of Communications Todd Domer says new leadership is in place for the Stockgrowers Council and Cattle Feeders Council.