Most of the carcasses of 1,810 dairy cows that died in a Feb. 9 blizzard have been dealt with but owners will be coping with financial losses for months to come.
“It will take some guys months to recover because some of them were already operating at break-even,” said Steve George, Yakima area issues manager for the Washington State Dairy Federation. He said he hasn’t heard of any going out of business, yet.
An initial estimate was 1,677 dead cows but the final tally is approximately 1,810 with probably several hundred others being sold for beef because of frozen udders and extremities, George said. Effects from that can take up to a month to be known, he said.
At $2,000 per head, total cow loss will be around $4 million, and that doesn’t count lost milk production.
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