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. READ MORE