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Farmer devastated after lightning strike killed 32 organic milk cows

By Mason White 1:02 PM May 11, 2017
32 dead cows
32 dead cows
By: Alexis Bell

(Scroll down for video) A farmer in Missouri, suffered a shocking loss after a lightning strike took the life of multiple milk cows.

The Wright County Missouri Farm Bureau confirmed that the
devastation at the farm was caused by the strong lightning storm that hit the area early in the morning.

“Keep Jared and Misty Blackwelder of Texas County in your prayers,” the Wright County Missouri Farm Bureau wrote on Facebook.

Jared said that the 32 organic milk cows’ estimated value was $60,000. Jared still has about 120 cows left in his farm. He is not sure whether his insurance company will pay for the loss since the cause of the deaths was lightning.

Jared cannot use the meat of the cows as the lightning caused them to blow up from the inside.

Jared recalled that he got up 4:00 a.m. on Saturday morning to milk his cows. Before the sun came up, Jared was done milking the cows.

When he prepared to head back to his home, lightning struck.

He said that the light was so bright, he could not see anything.

When he returned in the afternoon for another session of milking, he discovered 32 of his cows lying dead on the ground.

A vet who arrived at the scene, confirmed that the organic milk cows had been struck by lightning. Jared said that the loss caused him to be sad since he was attached to the cows by milking them twice a day for years.

Since he began milking cows about 10 years ago, Jared lost three cows to lightning before the latest incident.