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Cattleowners unite against rustlers in southwest MO

By AP/KWMU

Madry, Mo. – There have been so many cattle stolen in southwest Missouri that cattle and property owners are organizing to fight the thieves.

In the rural Barry County town of Madry, a meeting Tuesday will see the Madry Ranchers Protection Association formed - complete with an election for a board of directors.

The effort is a response to a cattle-rustling ring that has been working in a seven-county area that includes Barry and Lawrence counties.

The Highway Patrol has told ranchers to brand their cattle, count herds daily, and form neighborhood watch groups.

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