Cattle Theft

Texas Rangers Push to Find 262 Stolen Calves

Victoria G Myers
By  Victoria G. Myers , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor
The missing steers and heifers are mostly black, and carry the Lazy 11 brand on their left shoulder. (Photo from TSCRA Facebook)

Operation Cow Thief is putting up some big numbers for information leading to the arrest or indictment of those responsible for taking 262 head of cattle from the Bill Merydith Ranch, February 18, 2020. The ranch is based in Lipscomb County in Perryton, Texas.

Rancher Bob Adcock put up $10,000 of his own money, to go with the $1,000 offered through the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA). The animals, both steers and heifers, were between 500 and 550 pounds each. Most are black, some are red. All are branded with the Lazy 11 on their left shoulder.

Special Ranger Ben Eggleston with the TSCRA says while any theft is hard on the victim, a crime of this magnitude can be devastating. He is asking anyone who knows anything about the theft, or the location of the animals, to come forward and do the right thing.

Information is kept confidential. Tips may be provided anonymously by calling 888-830-2333. For more information go to


Victoria Myers