Dairy producers in Texas and New Mexico have estimated that the number of animals that died during the recent Winter Storm Goliath will climb to more than 30,000.
The winds are believed to be the cause for many of the animals’ deaths. It created drifts as high as 14 feet and pushed animals into fenced corners where they suffocated, according to The Associated Press.
"Like all agriculture, dairy producers always operate at the mercy of Mother Nature," Darren Turley, Executive director of the Texas Association of Dairymen, said in a statement. "With Goliath, she dealt a particularly harsh and costly blow to the area's dairy producers, from the death of thousands of livestock they spend so much time caring for to a loss of milk production over the weekend and in the future."
"The immediate challenge is how to handle these sudden, massive losses of animals," Turley said in a statement. "The ordinary methods for disposal cannot handle the volume of deaths we are seeing from this storm."
•Tio Ford sent this photo to agmoos.com two days after the storm as the dig-out was underway at his Clover Knolls Dairy, Texico, New Mexico