Vets assessing cows at mega dairy farm hit by fire

About 75 cows were killed in fire in New Franken
Vets assessing cows at mega dairy farm hit by fire

Four veterinarians are working around the clock at a large Brown County dairy farm where fire broke out this week.

The vets are assessing how many Holsteins can be saved and how many will be sent to slaughter. About 75 cows were killed in the fire at Dairyland Farm in New Franken Wednesday. Many more will likely be euthanized because of injury or smoke inhalation.

Dairyland owner Larry Dufek said Friday the herd loss will likely top 100. He says fire broke out in the east end of one of his five buildings that house 2,000 dairy cows.

Fire damage is costly, with each cow valued at $2,000. The barn that caught fire was under construction and half of it was destroyed. Its value was $3 million. The cause of the fire hasn’t been determined.