Queensland cattle thieves are set to risk tougher fines.
The state government is to increase the minimum fine for stealing stock from $200 to $1100 per head.
However, if the animal is worth more than the fine, the penalty will be increased to match its value.
Premier Campbell Newman says cattle theft is a dirty act that hurts farmers and costs the industry millions each year.
"Cattle stealing is a serious crime that requires serious penalties," he said ahead of a community cabinet meeting in Emerald on Sunday.
He said the fines are designed to hit the hip pocket of thieves and act as a disincentive.
Police will also be given more scope to investigate stock crime with search warrants being extended from seven to 21 days.Officers will also be able to immediately return cattle to owners where there's no dispute over ownership.