A freak blizzard has reportedly been the reason as to why over 1,800 dairy cows across the past 12 farms in Washington. This has left the farmers to figure out a way for disposing of the cattle. The cattle used to be the crucial source of the livelihood of the farmers.
Yakima Valley is a very dry region in the entire state. By the looks of it, the country has been a gracious host to numerous dairy farms which utilizes a lot of open space for the cows. This also indicates that the building is currently without the walls. This is not one of the typical problems as the areas are getting six to eight inches of rain every single year.
Nevertheless, the farmers on Saturday told that a storm had been forecasted for bringing around 3-5 inches of the snow. As far as the standard of the snowfall in Washington is concerned, the snowfall has seen a sudden drop to 18-24 inches and the wind flow ranged from 40 to 50 mph, and the gust of the wind up to 80 mph.
Forty-four-year-old Jason Sheehan has reportedly run from the dairy farm of around 5,000 for 17 years. Last week on Saturday, over 200 of his cows have been killed in the storm. And Jason agreed that he didn’t see something like this in the past few years. Jason also added that this is the latest challenge for the dairy producers who have been struggling for a long time now. By the looks of it, it has been almost four years of thin margins as well as losses. Jason Sheehan has been employing 35 people on his dairy farm. Sheehan also revealed that they are struggling financially for almost four years now.