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Manure mishap kills 48 cows on Swedish farm

Manure mishap kills 48 cows on Swedish farm

Published: 29 Jun 2012 11:59 GMT+02:00
Updated: 29 Jun 2012 11:59 GMT+02:00

Dozens of cows were found dead on a farm in central Sweden on Thursday after having drowned in their own excrement, prompting veterinary officials to launch an investigation into the incident.

“I’m really not wimpy, but I have never seen anything like it,” said Simone Häusler, an assistant veterinarian in the rescue operation, to the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper (SvD).

“We have pulled out many dead new born animals and now we have cows screaming for their calves. I have never seen anything like it in my life.”

The muck, which Häusler describes as “liquid manure, 60-70 centimetres high”, claimed the lives of almost half of the hundred strong herd.

The discovery was made after animal protection officers from the Dalarna County noticed that the cows had not been released into the pastures.

A team of vets, police and animal welfare officers arrived at the farm to discover 37 dead cows which had become stuck in manure and drowned.

Another 70 were still stuck, yet alive, and had to be released, however eight had to be put down in the process.

A further three cows were later found dead and hidden behind the barn, raising suspicions with authorities that the farmer had been aware of what was happening in the barn but tried to hide it.

The 48-year-old farmer, who helped save the animals from the muck, explained that a well-pump had broken, causing the manure to flood back inside the barn, wrote the paper.

The farmer allegedly was overworked and hadn’t found time to fix the pump that usually clears the barn of manure.

While he maintains that he was still constantly feeding the animals, he left them to wallow in their own excrement, probably for a considerable time, according to the rescue team.

“This has likely been going on for several weeks,” Häusler told SvD.

“It’s hard to put an exact time frame on it from the farmer. But even those cows that survived are in really bad shape; they have no hair left and have eye inflammation.”

The cows who survived the ordeal are now under police protection, and have been removed from the farm, while all the deceased cows will be sent to a medical examiner for autopsies.

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13:45 June 29, 2012 by StockholmSam
Oh sh i t.
14:59 June 29, 2012 by Slash
really sad..
16:52 June 29, 2012 by VoodooDingy
Hey, if there's gonna be a shortage of Burgers, I need to know asap!
17:51 June 29, 2012 by dcarlson12
This NOT funny and comments shouldn't be satirical!
18:47 June 29, 2012 by VoodooDingy
@dcarlson12:

Well.. one can't be loved universally, I suppose. Particularly not a cynical and self-complacent individual such as myself.

Even so, there's no libel, slander, obscenity or incitement in my comment, so it is in accordance with the terms of use.
00:23 June 30, 2012 by Svensksmith
I've never heard of a cow drowning in its own excrement in a pasture. Confinement operations suck!
00:48 June 30, 2012 by Redbee
This is neglect and the person responsible should be charged with such .These animals must have suffered horribly and i somtimes despair at the way farm animals are treated . Glad i'm a vegitarian .
02:59 June 30, 2012 by sonia hust
The farmer had sad circumstances, too much work, a broken pipe. The animals raised for food bore the brunt of the tragedy. How vulnerable they are! Imagine drowning in your excrement! God cares about all His creation. He is sad too. There is a place in heaven just for His 4-legged creation. Thank God something better exists! We must always strive to bring heaven on earth for these animals.
12:16 June 30, 2012 by Fred Johnsson
Muuuu Barf!
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