The Bedford County, Va., Sheriff’s Department says 16 cows turned up missing from a stockyard in Moneta.
Deputies say a worker at the Springlake Stockyard came in on Sunday and discovered the animals were missing.
The animals include beef cows, milkers and a newborn calf.
Investigators believe the animals were loaded into a trailer and hauled away by a pickup truck.
The cattle had been purchased Saturday and were set for delivery on Sunday.
Manager Brandy Walker said the stockyard is insured and the animals’ rightful owners will be paid for their losses.