Man. rustlers leave cattle to die of thirst

Kalvin Kreshewski noticed an awful smell yesterday when he delivered mineral to his cattle near Rossburn, Man.

“We drove in through the gate by the corral, and we could smell something dead. We looked down the hill and we could see two cows lying side by side,” Kreshewski said.

The cows had died from dehydration after being locked in a waterless corral by cattle rustlers.

Near the corral, the grass was trampled from recent activity and there were fresh truck tracks.

“I drove in the pasture, counted the rest of the cows, realized there are 21 cows missing and 30 calves. Now I have cows without calves and calves without moms out there,” Kreshewski said.

He’s worried the calves orphaned by the thieves won’t gain as well as they would have, and they won’t be very heavy come fall.

“We’re going to try catching them (calves) today and bring them home and bottle feed them, or just keep them around the corral so we can look after them better, to make sure that they survive,” Kreshewski said.

He estimates the theft of his Black Angus and Black Angus-Simmental crossed cattle will cost him $60,000 to $70,000.

The RCMP attended the scene, filed a report and is investigating.


Kreshewski also offered a $10,000 reward on Facebook for information on who stole his cattle.

He said farmers from southern Manitoba who have had cattle stolen have contacted him since he posted the reward on social media.

“I put a reward out because I want to know what happened, who the people are,” he said.

“That brought out enough attention that other people are getting a hold of me who had cattle stolen.”

The social media attention also brought criticism that he should have been watching his cattle more closely.

“On Facebook, people are criticizing me for not checking the cows properly. ‘Oh, how could you let them die without water’ ” he said.

“But I can’t be there every day with them.”

The pasture where the cattle were stolen is 30 kilometres from Kreshewski’s farm, but the cattle were regularly observed by his hired man from the road.


There were 68 cattle in the pasture, so even with almost half of the cattle stolen, it would be hard to tell without driving through the pasture and counting the cattle.  

“They figure it was last Wednesday (June 28) is when it happened, so because we’ve been busy haying, I haven’t actually drove in the pasture for a week,” he said.

“We’ve just been driving by and making sure nothing is on the road.”

Kreshewski said lots of water is available in the pasture for the cattle.

What angers him the most is how the panels were left tied to the corral so that the two cows couldn’t access water.

“That’s what is the most disturbing to me. You know there are cruel people in the world, but there is nothing like watching an animal suffer with no water, that’s what bothers me the most about all of this.”




  • Karen Morana

    Find stupid rustler tie them To a post in an area with no water and let them die of thirst. They aren’t nice people to do animals that way.

  • John Fefchak

    The following is NOT due diligence.
    “The pasture where the cattle were stolen is 30 kilometres from Kreshewski’s farm, but the cattle were regularly observed by his hired man from the road”.

    Yea!… I see some cows, they look ok to me as I drove by.

  • The Facts

    Something smells beyond the dead cattle. If there were cows without calves and calves without cows there would have bawling for days. Nobody makes hay when it’s humid in the morning or evening. Hired man didn’t see cows not grazing but looking for calves. Who needs a hired man for only 60 cows. Both him and hired man need to be doing something else.

    • Happy Farmer

      Here are some other facts you may to be aware of.
      The cattle were fine until a rustler got involved.
      Cattle get along quite well without being checked every day.
      Hay is quite often made during times of humidity. (I have experience here)
      The farmer is free to hire help for however much or little work there is.
      The issue is RUSTLING, not neglect.

      • Janet Sherlock

        Well said.

      • Verna Phippen

        You are 100% correct Happy Farmer. This is the fault of the rustlers and NOT the farmer (s) or the hired help. The livestock were doing fine until someone unscrupulous intervened.

        • The Facts

          “The livestock were doing fine until someone unscrupulous intervened.”
          You don’t know that!

      • The Facts

        -You don’t know that!
        -Apparently not.
        -Silage is made in humidity not hay.
        -Farmers don’t remain farmers hiring help when there is no work.
        -Neglect resulted in rustling.

        • Harold

          Neglect resulted in rustling? Did the rustlers get a Court Order to seize the neglected cattle or is theft still a crime and neglect irrelevant. Rustling is not the result of neglect. It is the result of those with no social conscience between right and wrong.
          The rustlers didn’t know that their actions were theft and that theft is a crime? I wonder why they are hiding and their first response was not to inform someone of the neglect?
          Is this a fact? Perhaps a law book can help you with this one.
          Furthermore, the title farmer is given to those who sell their crop, animals or produce and the term is not relative to actual farm work. A farmer retains the title of farmer even in the winter periods when there is no grain or work. Is this a fact? Perhaps a good old dictionary can help you with that one.

          • The Facts

            “Did the rustlers get a Court Order to seize the neglected cattle”
            No, unlike you I do not carry a law book around with me. You must keep your vehicles unlocked with keys inside with full tank of gas. You go to bed with your front door open. Leaving cattle unattended, not branded, with panels set up for catch and loading is all kinds of neglect and stupidity. Obviously cows were drinking straight from pond, slough, dugout, which in itself is environmental neglect. Nobody is checking for blue green algae build up? If it was a remote watering setup, leaving cattle one day without checking system is working properly is neglect.

          • Harold

            Theft, trespassing, break and enter, are a crime and a locked door has never prevented these occurrences. Locked doors only keep the honest people honest and I and others can tell you that without the use of a law book. Often times a locked door has left the home or auto owner with more costly damages and inconvenience than had they left the doors and windows wide open. Crime is crime and a victim is a victim and a victim is not the apologizer. In my books, anyone who asks the victim to apologize for a wrong doing is an idiot. The Article states Cattle Rustling, and Cattle Rustling is a theft crime and to every crime there is a victim, not an apologizer. Either the Article is a misrepresentation by Robin Booker and Kalvin Kreshewski or it is of evidence or fact. The RCMP has investigated and there is no further evidence that animal neglect charges have been filed against the owner. You like to assert to others that “you don’t know that”, but for those who go by the term Rustling – yes they do know that. Until the case is heard and tried in Court with all of the witnesses present, “you don’t know that” either. Perhaps I am missing something; are you a fact witness? Who is on Trial; the Farmer or the Rustler, or perhaps you wish it to be both. Tell me when you will move both cases forward in a Court of Law. They are two separate cases and not blended into one as you fancy it.

  • Linda Lockhart

    all of you people that are criticizing the owner/hired man, are missing the point. The cattle have been stolen, 2 cows left waterless. This is the crime. We, as ranchers. check our cows often, as they are our income, and we make sure they are fed and watered well. It is the thieves who did this, and they should be punished, and the rancher compensated for the loss. It is very disturbing that blame is being pointed the wrong way.

  • John Fefchak

    Yes, during hot weather and a keen sense of smell ,the stench of death
    will be recognized.