Farmers, particularly dairy farmers, start work early. A Missouri dairy farmer, Jared Blackwelder, was up at 4am as always to milk the cows on his farm.
When heading back to his house much later, he recalls noticing a lightning strike close to his farm which is in Cabool. It was a massive, bright flash. “It was so bright I couldn’t hardly see,” he said. “It just brought fire down the fences.” He went to see if the cows were okay and was dismayed to find that the lightning had killed all of them.
During the storm, they had all huddled together to escape the rain and sadly they were struck by the lightning strike and all 32 cows died instantly. “I went down over the hill and seen them laying there,” a traumatized Blackwelder said. “They were just piled on top of each other. They were huddled up, trying to get out of rain.
“It’s not like they are pets. But the ones I’m milking, I’ve raised every one of them,” he said. “Dairy cattle are a little different because you mess with them twice a day. It knocks you hard.” These weren’t your average dairy cows, they were certified organic cows. That is partly the reason they died as organic cows roam freely outdoors and not in barns like most cows.
They were valued at about $60,000 and Blackwelder’s is not yet sure how much, if any, his insurance will cover. The milk is distributed and sold through Organic Valley Coop. Organic cows do not eat chemically grown corn and soy like most cattle, their diet is natural grass. This is more nutritious and free from pesticides. The milk produced by these cows is much more nutritious and healthier for humans to drink.
It keeps the healthy, fatty acids but contains less of the bad saturated fat. Mild produced in this organic method also contains more linoleic acid which is very good for us and many experts say that organic milk can help to lower your risk of heart attack.