Blizzard kills more than 30K dairy cows in Texas, New Mexico

LUBBOCK, Texas -- Dairy producers in West Texas and eastern New Mexico are continuing to assess how many animals died in the winter storm last weekend, but the number will probably climb to more than 30,000, an official with a dairy group said Thursday.

See Full Article

Texas Association of Dairymen executive director Darren Turley said an estimated 15,000 mature dairy cows died in the storm's primary impact area -- from Lubbock west to Muleshoe and north to Friona which is home to half of the state's top-10 milk producing counties and produces 40 per cent of the state's milk.

An agent with New Mexico State University's extension service told Turley the area around Clovis, New Mexico, lost an estimated 20,000 dairy cows.

The number of younger animals killed by Winter Storm Goliath in each state could be just as high as the mature cows, he said.

There will be less milk coming from the region for a while, Turley said,

The snow was just one part of Goliath. It was the wind that led to drifts as high as 14 feet, where many animals died. Wind will push animals into a fenced corner where they can suffocate in snow drifts.

"It's a once-in-a-lifetime (storm)," Turley said. "It's a bad deal for producers."

The losses will affect production for about year, he said.

During the storm dairy employees and tanker trucks from reaching farms. Hundreds of loads of milk ready for processing were wasted. Some cows normally milked twice a day went almost two days without being milked, which dries up the cows' milk supply, Turley said.

"The ripples from that are going to depend on how fast those animals' milk production comes back," Turley said.

The Texas producers are working with state environmental officials to find ways to dispose of the carcasses. Some counties are allowing producers to put carcasses in their landfills.

Andle van der Ploeg, owner of Mid-Frisian Dairy near Clovis, said Thursday that he lost just 10 animals, but feels great sympathy for producers he knows who lost hundreds of milk cows.

"It was unbelievable," he said.



Advertisements

Latest Economic News

  • Think-tank proposes Canada-U.S. swap for NAFTA

    Economic CTV News
    WASHINGTON - The most common uses of Canadian dairy normally include milk, cream, yogurt, butter and cheese. Yet a new report suggests an altogether different purpose for the calcium-packed, bovine treat. The idea - use it as a bargaining chip. Source
  • Asian stocks tick up as Wall Street steadies

    Economic CTV News
    TOKYO - Shares were modestly higher Thursday in Asia after Wall Street steadied overnight. Investors are awaiting a vote in the U.S. Congress on health care legislation that is seen as a bellwether for Donald Trump's administration to deliver on campaign promises. Source
  • Google's YouTube losing major advertisers upset with videos

    Economic CTV News
    SAN FRANCISCO -- AT&T, Verizon and several other major advertisers are suspending their marketing campaigns on Google's YouTube site after discovering their brands have been appearing alongside videos promoting terrorism and other unsavoury subjects. The spreading boycott confronts Google with a challenge that threatens to cost it hundreds of millions of dollars. Source
  • Husky spill in southwest Alberta estimated at 25,000 litres; cleanup going well

    Economic CTV News
    CALGARY -- Husky Energy says about 25,000 litres of crude oil leaked from one of its pipelines in southwestern Alberta last week. Spokesman Mel Duvall said in an email to The Canadian Press that cleanup at the site at Cox Hill Creek west of Bragg Creek is progressing well. Source
  • Budget 2017: Hello Uber tax, goodbye Canada Savings Bonds

    Economic CBC News
    Consumer tax changes in Wednesday's federal budget will add to the cost of Uber rides while ending a public-transit credit. Those are just two of several Liberal government moves that will hit pocketbooks directly, though modestly. Source
  • Trump's SEC pick, a lawyer for Goldman, to face skepticism

    Economic CTV News
    WASHINGTON -- Goldman Sachs may be about to get another friend in Washington. Jay Clayton, a well-connected Wall Street lawyer who is President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission, is sure to face sharp questions from Democrats at his confirmation hearing Thursday over his years of work for Goldman and other financial giants. Source
  • Budget 2017: Liberals spend on training and innovation while holding line on most taxes

    Economic CBC News
    The Liberal government has delivered a budget designed to brace Canadians for a fast-changing global economy and empower women in the workforce, while taking a wait-and-see approach to sweeping changes south of the border. Budget 2017, titled Building a Strong Middle Class, offers targeted investments to tackle what it calls the "challenge of change. Source
  • Bell and Rogers to ask bars to pay more for sports packages

    Economic CBC News
    Bell and Rogers will soon ask sports bars to pay more for the right to broadcast big games, on top of what they pay for their existing television service. As first reported by Postmedia, the two media conglomerates are asking business subscribers across Canada to pay an additional levy of roughly $120 a month — depending on the size of the bar — on top of their existing cable bill for the rights to air sports channels that broadcast live sporting events such as the TSN, RDS and Sportsnet…
  • B.C. shellfish industry reels as norovirus sickens hundreds, forces closures

    Economic CTV News
    VICTORIA - The head of British Columbia's shellfish growers says the industry has been stunned by a mysterious norovirus that has forced the closure of seven coastal oyster farms and made hundreds of Canadians ill. Source
  • Starbucks Canada vows to hire at least 1,000 refugees

    Economic CBC News
    Starbucks Canada says it will hire at least 1,000 refugees over the next five years. The announcement Wednesday follows a statement in January by Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz that the company would hire 10,000 refugees around the world in the next half-decade. Source