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Show heifer is on the loose

Staff writer

Ben Freeman and his 15-year-old granddaughter, Lauren, had taken her 4-H show heifer to the Mike Ehrlich farm north of Marion to have her hooves trimmed when she spooked and ran away Friday.

“She ran through a creek, into a corn field, and got away,” Freeman said. “We couldn’t cross the creek fast enough. By the time we got up the steep, 15-foot embankment, she was long gone.”

The 800-pound black Simmental was wearing a purple halter. She had no ear tag but did have a metal tag in her right ear. Her left ear has an identifying tattoo.

“We are covering as many bases as we can in an effort to find her,” Freeman said.

He has contacted sale barns, sheriff’s offices, and even post offices, asking them to be on the lookout for the animal.

He even hired a drone that he figures flew over a thousand acres without any luck.

Freeman’s granddaughter was planning to show the animal at a fair later this month.

“Lauren is very sad and anxious and is hoping to find her,” he said. “We are thankful for all the people who have taken time to look for her and have offered to help.”

He hopes the animal got in with other cattle and will be returned someday. Freeman lives north of Abilene. He can be reached at (785) 479-3770.

Last modified Aug. 2, 2017