Many had to sell off most of their herds because of last year's drought, which increased the value of cattle.
Cattle and beef prices are now at an all-time high, and many ranchers are reporting thefts of the livestock they have left.
The animals can bring in as much as $2,000 now at auction; and that has forced some ranchers to hire security guards to keep track of the animals at night.
Several sheriff's offices across North Texas report an increase in the cattle-rustling cases.
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