from CBS Sacramento

Nearly $50,000 In Bull Semen Stolen From Turlock Truck

TURLOCK (CBS13) — Tanks filled with thousands of dollars worth of bull semen were stolen out of a truck in Turlock, and it could cause trouble in the wrong hands.

The bulls are the cream of the crop and have been selected for their genetic value.

“The genetics that these Bulls have in them is out of the top 1 percent of the world population,” said farm owner John Azevedo.

The bulls’ highly valued semen is collected two to three times a week and shipped to farms in California and across the world for the purpose of impregnating cattle.

“Over 70 to 75 percent of all cattle in the U.S. is inseminated artificially,” he said.

Turlock resident Anthony Reis spent months of his time and labor collecting top of the line bull semen for distribution only to half it stolen.

“You get to your first dairy and you’re missing half your inventory,” he said.

Three tanks and a transfer tank with nearly 3,500 units of sperm were stolen from the back of his work truck late Sunday night, enough to potentially impregnate more than 1,000 cattle.

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