TURLOCK, Calif. (AP) - Stanislaus County authorities are investigating the theft of 26 calves from a dairy farm near Turlock.
Sheriff's officials say 16 of the calves vanished from the farm in Hilmar, Calif. on Monday between 2:30 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. The others were stolen two weeks ago.
Thieves on Monday also walked off with 20 bales of hay from a neighboring farm.
The missing livestock are month-old female Jersey calves that weigh around 80 pounds and are valued at $1,000 each.
Farm managers say cattle at the farm are tracked with microchips, but calves are marked with plastic tags only.
Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.