Imagine relying on bull sperm to make ends meet. Now imagine someone stealing that bull sperm just as you’re about to deliver the goods… to other farms. That’s the situation Turlock, California farm owner John Azevedo found himself this week when he discovered thousands of dollars worth of bull sperm stolen from his truck.
A Latino farm owner is out $50,000 after someone his stole bull semen.
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Yeah. You read that right.
Bandits stole 3,500 units of bull sperm from the back of a truck on Sunday night leading the world to say a collective:
The sperm, which is collected two to three times a week, vanished from the truck along with the gasoline in the truck.
The missing semen is more than just your run-of-the-mill bull sperm; it comes from the top 1 percent of bulls in the world.
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Why is that semen is so valuable? Because it’s used to inseminate thousands of cows around the world.
For reference, the amount of sperm that was stolen is enough to inseminate 1,000 cows.
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The semen was held in three tanks, like the one below, and one transfer tank that keeps the semen at -320 degrees Fahrenheit.
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After the sperm is collected, it is sent to farmers around California and the world.
“Over 70 to 75 percent of all cattle in the U.S. is inseminated artificially,” farm owner John Azevedo told CBS13.
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According to CBS13, the sperm can cause trouble if it fall into the wrong hands because of the liquid nitrogen inside the tanks.
The tanks are supposed to be handled by professionals. If something were to happen to the containers, those coming in contact with the liquid nitrogen could suffer severe injuries.