Thieves steal bull semen from MN farm – turns out it's surprisingly valuable

Author:
Updated:
Original:

Thieves who targeted a farm in southeast Minnesota over the weekend were after an unusual and surprisingly valuable item – bull semen.

The Austin Daily Herald reports that a canister containing $70,000 worth of bull semen was stolen from a barn near LeRoy, on the border with Iowa, sometime between April 1 and April 7.

Mower County Sheriff Terese Amazi told the newspaper the canister was taken from the farmer's unlocked barn and milking parlor – and it possibly took place between 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Easter Sunday when nobody was on the property.

This is an unusual, but not unique crime. The Washington Post reported in 2005 that $75,000 of bull semen was stolen from a farm in Maryland, explaining that the difficulty in procuring and storing bull semen, coupled with the animals' sometime reluctance to breed, leads to a high premium on the goods.

The newspaper notes that frozen bull semen can save on the transportation cost of putting a bull and cow in the same pen to breed, and can last for many years.

Also affecting the value, according to the Independent, is the virility of the bull from which the sample is taken. It says that the bulls carrying the most fertile semen are seen as "film stars" in the international dairy community.

One bull from Washington state, it notes, had daughters in 50 countries, while a bull from Holland had 500,000 daughters in 22 countries.

The Austin Daily Herald said the stolen canister was worth about $500, and the vials of semen inside were worth between $300 and $1,500 each.

Police have no suspects at this stage, and the case has been handed over to investigators.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2021-04-09 at 4.48.00 PM

Hennepin Co. medical examiner: Police interaction tipped Floyd 'over the edge'

Medical Examiner Dr. Andrew Baker, who performed Floyd's autopsy, testified Friday in the trial of former MPD officer Derek Chauvin.

Siren

Attention, CNN: There will be extra tornado sirens in Minnesota next week

The national broadcaster was caught by surprise by the test this past Wednesday.

Screen Shot 2021-04-09 at 11.41.46 AM

Minneapolis Parks and Rec buys land to create park in North Loop

The Parks and Recreation Board is paying just over $2M for the land.

traffic stop

Speed-related crashes, deaths are a mounting problem in Minnesota

Fatal speed-related crashes are ahead of last year's pace.

Parkway Minneapolis lake path

Sections of Minneapolis parkways to close to vehicles till end of May

They will be designated for pedestrian and biker use only.

covid-19, coronavirus

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Friday, April 9

Hospitalizations have more than doubled in the past month.

covid, vaccine

Minnesota's 9th community vaccine site opening in Lino Lakes

All Minnesotans age 16 and older can try to get an appointment.

1024px-DC_Capitol_Storming_IMG_7965

Another Minnesotan arrested in connection with Capitol insurrection

The 26-year-old from Lindstrom is facing federal charges.

Screen Shot 2021-04-09 at 6.57.05 AM

Minneapolis woman missing from Eden Prairie is found safe

Eden Prairie PD had issued an appeal to find Suzanne Merkl.

Related