$70,000 canister of bull semen missing from Minnesota farm

Mower County sheriff's officials are looking for a metal canister full of bull semen.

About $70,000 worth of the stuff was stolen from a farm in LeRoy, located in southern Minnesota. Daniel Weness reported Tuesday that the storage canister containing vials of bull semen was taken from his milking barn, which was unlocked. Weness, a fourth-generation farmer, had two tanks, but the thief only swiped one.

People rarely lock their doors and everyone knows their neighbors in Weness' community, but he says his trusting ways are about to change. The theft happened sometime between April 1 and April 7. He said the only time he and a farmhand were away from the farm was on Easter Sunday. The canister itself is worth about $500, while each vial is worth anywhere from $300 to $1,500. Police do not have any leads at this time, but at one point, Weness was considered a suspect, and said he was accused of insurance fraud.

"Until they called my insurance company and found out I had it insured for $500 or $600 dollars," he said.

Officials have not ruled out the possibility that this could be a prank, too.

As for that expensive price tag, Weness said some bull semen is simply better than other bull semen. The resale value on eBay or Craigslist can be quite high. (On eBay, prices range from $150 to $1,500.)

"If you bring it back, no questions asked, drop it off and drive away," he said.

Mower County sheriff's officials said this is a felony-level theft due to the high dollar value. They expect to announce a reward for the bull semen's return in the next few days.

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