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Missouri Lightning Strike Kills 32 Cows

2 May 2017, 4:42 pm

Imagine being a dairy farmer and waking up early to milk your cows when all of a sudden,  ZAP a bolt of lightning strikes.

Jared Blackwelder an organic dairy farmer near Cabool, Missouri does not have to imagine, he lived it. He told the Springfield News-Leader, “It was so bright I couldn’t hardly see . . . It just brought fire down the fences”.

Posted by Jared Blackwelder on Monday, April 3, 2017

He returned to the field when the sun was up on April, 29 and was witness to a gruesome sight, “I went down over the hill and seen them laying there. They were just piled on top of each other. They were huddled up, trying to get out of rain.”

Thirty two head of Blackwelder’s herd were zapped dead, a loss of roughly $60,000. Blackwelder’s cows are certified organic and are worth more than conventional cattle. A veterinarian confirmed the cause of death of the animals was lightning.

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(Image: Wright County – Missouri Farm Bureau)
(Image: Wright County – Missouri Farm Bureau)
(Image: Wright County – Missouri Farm Bureau)

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