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$70,000 worth of frozen bull semen stolen from Minnesota farm

Mower County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Mark May said the bovine seed pilfered from the unlocked barn was in a frozen canister "kind of like a milk jug."

By Ben Hooper

LEROY, Minn., April 9 (UPI) -- Authorities in Minnesota said a stolen canister akin to a "milk jug" was filled with something far more unusual -- $70,000 worth of bull semen.

The Mower County Sheriff's Office said someone went into an unlocked barn near Leroy sometime between April 1 and April 7 and stole a container filled with frozen bovine seed. The farm owner told investigators he and his employee were both away from the farm from 11 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on Easter Sunday.

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"We had one of our rural farmers report the theft of bull semen," Chief Deputy Mark May told KAAL-TV. "This semen was frozen in a canister, kind of like a milk jug."

"In this case, it's a $70,000 loss just for the semen itself," May said.

He said the canister of semen was the only item targeted by the thief or thieves.

"They would have to have knowledge that, yes, this particular item was in this building, and maybe the value of it, too," May said.

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