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Farmer warns thief who stole $50,000 worth of bull semen it could burn the skin and cause blindness

By Mason White 6:22 PM January 25, 2016
Bull (illustration) 

By: Chan Yuan
(Scroll down for video) A farmer is frustrated over the loss of bull semen that was supposed to be delivered to farms in California.

Tanks filled with thousands of dollars worth of bull semen were stolen from a truck in Turlock, and could cause problems if handled by the wrong person.

The semen from these bulls are worth $50,000 because of their genetic value. Their genetic makeup are of the top 1 percent of the world population, said farm owner John Azevedo.

Anthony Reis collects the semen two or three times a week, and sends it to farms around the world for the purpose of impregnating cattle.

3,500 units of semen were stolen from the back of a delivery truck. There were enough to potentially impregnate more than 1,000 cattle.

The tanks in which the semen is stored, are filled with liquid nitrogen. The tanks are kept at about -320 degrees Fahrenheit to keep the sperm frozen. It needs to be handled by professionals.

Reis warned the thieves that non-professionals handling these tanks can get third-degree burns on their skin, their hands, or be blinded if the liquid nitrogen goes into their eyes.