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32 cows killed by lightning in southern Missouri

Staff Writer |
A farmer in southern Missouri says he discovered more than 30 of his cows were dead after lightning struck his property.

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The Springfield News-Leader reports dairy farmer Jared Blackwelder in Cabool discovered the dead cows April 29. A veterinarian confirmed the cows were struck by lightning.

Blackwelder says he's not sure if his insurance will cover the loss. His cows are certified organic so they're worth more than conventional cattle, and he estimates a total loss of more than $60,000.

Wright County Missouri Farm Bureau shared Blackwelder's story on Facebook. The post has been shared more than 16,000 times and had more than 1,200 comments.

Blackwelder says he'd previously lost three cows to lightning since getting into the organic dairy business in 2007. Blackwelder still has about 120 cows remaining on his farm.

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