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Over a dozen cattle missing from Shenandoah Co. farm

Published: Nov. 5, 2020 at 11:27 PM EST
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SHENANDOAH COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) - A farmer in Shenandoah County is offering a $2,500 reward after 14 cows went missing from his farm.

Gary Lantz owns Cannon Hill Farm in Mount Jackson where he and his wife, Martha, have been farming for decades.

On Oct. 31, he noticed he was missing over a dozen of his Belted Galloway cattle.

“We had to move the cattle to a remote field so we could build a new fence, and we realized we didn’t have all the cattle when we brought them back last Saturday to the regular pasture,” Lantz said. “That’s when we realized we were missing 14 cows and a couple of calves. It’s a sad situation.”

Lantz said if the cattle are not found, he won’t feel the economic impact for three years when the cows would have been fully-matured.

“The true value is in the meat we sell to individuals and direct market,” Lantz said. “You’re looking at $3,000 or a little more per head.”

He says the Belted Galloways are not commonly seen, and he wants to get his missing cattle back. He’s offering a reward for information that could lead to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible.

"Very shocking that anybody would do this because anybody who raises cattle should realize the value and the hard work that you put into that animal,” he said.

With the farm surrounded by I-81 and other busy, main roads in Mount Jackson, he said it’s unlikely the cows wandered off.

“Had any of these cows gotten out to the roads, the sheriff’s department would’ve been knocking on my door telling me to round up my cattle, but that wasn’t the case,” Lantz said.

Sheriff Tim Carter said the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the situation.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of the missing cattle, contact Gary Lantz at 540-333-0976.

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