Cattle Rusting Troubles. I’m Greg Martin with today’s Line On Agriculture. You might know that I’m a big fan of Hopalong Cassidy, Roy Rogers and John Wayne...and one of the popular themes in their movies was cattle rustling. Jack Field is the Executive Vice-President of the Washington Cattlemen’s Association. FIELD: Obviously as we see dramatic increases of values and as a result whenever there’s an opportunity to profit; and I think that’s across the board in anything there’s always that increased potential for theft and other nefarious activities. The theft of cattle has a very long and often times colorful history. In the U.S. a person of steals, raids or rustles cattle is called a rustler but in Australia it’s called “duffing” which makes the person a “duffer.” Field says that there is one thing producers need to do to help quell rustling. FIELD: To identify that with a brand. That’s one of the things in Washington State we are a brand state here in the west. We’re very fortunate to have a brand program that we do at every change of ownership it’s the responsibility of the owner or that individual that’s presenting the animal for sale to prove ownership on that animal. The way that’s done is through a brand inspection and a livestock inspection to insure that the individual presenting that animal has clear title and ownership to it so they are legally able to sell the animal and then receive the proceeds. Tomorrow we will talk more about how important the brand is in protecting your animals from rustling. That’s today’s Line On Agriculture. I’m Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network.