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LA Brand Inspector Honored By Cattlemen

The Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association (LCA) recognized Livestock Brand Inspector Johnny Steib for his service to the state’s cattle industry Sunday at the LCA’s annual convention in West Monroe, Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., said.

Steib, of  Lottie, Pointe Coupee Parish, received an engraved plaque from LCA president Robert Joyner for his “outstanding achievement in the investigation of farm-related crimes.”

Steib, often working with other law enforcement agencies, investigated 60 cases of farm related crime in 2011, 48 being theft cases, Strain said. Of the 48 theft cases, 27 resulted in the arrests of 52 suspects. The value of the property stolen was $236,245.  Steib recovered or accounted for $177,950 of the stolen property.

“Johnny Steib is a professional and completely thorough in his investigations,” Joyner said. “He is a friend to the cattleman and maintains a great working relationship with the Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association.”

Strain said the LCA made a good choice with Steib.

“Johnny is a cattleman and farmer and has a love and deep understanding of the farming and ranching industries,” Strain said. “Johnny is also a complete professional and has developed relationships and professional respect among law enforcement organizations throughout the state and Texas.

Steib has worked as a Brand Inspector for 17 years. He holds a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice. His normal area of responsibility is south central Louisiana and is often assigned to the Dominique Sale Barns of Baton Rouge and Opelousas with occasional assignments to the Mansura Auction sale barn in Mansura.

His hobbies include serving on the Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff’s Office mounted posse. His other interests involve the breeding of quarter horses, working cattle and competing in ranch horse competitions.

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