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Columbia Missourian

Thieves increasingly target hay bales

By The Associated Press
December 5, 2012 | 8:13 a.m. CST

ST. LOUIS — In this year of near-record drought, hay is becoming a precious commodity. Now, it is being targeted by thieves.

KMOX Radio reported that thieves are targeting big bundles of hay left in fields prior to being harvested. Missouri Farm Bureau president Blake Hurst said thieves are hauling it away and selling it.

The price for fresh hay to feed livestock is on the rise with winter approaching. Hurst said that makes unguarded bales tempting targets.

He said farm states across the country are seeing the trend, so much so that some farmers are now putting global positioning trackers inside hay bales.