In the evening of April 10, 2023, a severe explosion and fire occurred in the area of western Texas. in the city of Dimmit which is a large dairy farming area The death of 18,000 South Fork cattle is equivalent to 20% of the total number of cattle slaughtered for meat in the United States each day.
However, no deaths were found. But a farm worker was seriously injured when a building structure collapsed. and has already been taken to the hospital Symptoms are stable now.
The blast was the deadliest of all cattle at once and was the highest in the history of the city. Since 2013, cases of barn and farm fires have been monitored by the Animal Welfare Institute.
The previous major fire occurred in 2020 at a dairy farm in upstate New York. Approximately 400 cows were killed.
The site of the accident this time is in Castro County. It is pastured and home to several dairy farms. There were many people who posted pictures and clips of the incident. It shows huge black smoke rising into the sky and the carcass of a freshly roasted cow being transported from the rubble.
The cause of the explosion and fire are still unknown. But it is suspected that a malfunction of farm equipment caused the spark. The Texas Fire Department is investigating the cause and details of the incident.
Mayor Roger Malone said he had never received any reports of fires at the facility. 50-60 people
The death toll is estimated at 18,000 cows, most of them dairy cows, comprising 90% of the total number of cows on the farm. Each cow costs an average of $2,000 (approximately 68,000 baht), making this damage to the farm in the tens of millions of dollars. which does not include damages to equipment and various building structures
Castro County counts as Texas’ second-largest producer of milk and dairy products. It has 15 dairy farms producing 148 million pounds of milk a month.
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