updated 11/2/2005 11:52:39 AM ET 2005-11-02T16:52:39

A rural Maryland cattle rancher Eric Fleming is offering a reward in hopes of finding who took his entire supply of bull semen, valued at $75,000.

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The Frederick County farmer discovered the theft Sunday evening after returning from a day trip to his farm in Wolfsville.

The cache, which included the valuable semen of several prominent sires, comprised Fleming's entire supply.

Fleming has spread the word about the theft on Web sites of interest to cattle breeders and the sheriff's office is investigating.

The semen was stored in six canisters that were taken from a refrigeration tank — apparently by someone who brought one of their own.

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