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Manure mishap kills 48 cows on Swedish farm

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.

Manure mishap kills 48 cows on Swedish farm

“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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A Touch of Scandinavia: Reindeer in the kitchen

Scandinavian style is a seamless blend of tradition and modernity, respecting the old but adding just the right amount of cool. Viktoria Månström has it down to a fine art, and has quickly become a leading Scandinavian designer.

A Touch of Scandinavia: Reindeer in the kitchen
Designer Viktoria Månström and one of her Anna Viktoria products.

Reindeer and elk play beloved roles Swedish culture and heritage. And while taking them into your home may sound a bit extreme, Viktoria Månström, the designer behind Swedish home décor brand Anna Viktoria, has made it possible.

”Everything I design has a Scandinavian touch and a modern design built upon Swedish tradition,” Månström says. “I take the past and traditions of Sweden and bring them into the present.”

In other words, Månström designs coffee cups, kitchen trays, bowls, bottle openers, kitchen towels, key rings, and everything else you could possibly want to help bring a bit of Sweden into your home. 

And they’re covered in modern Swedish art, of course.

“I actually started with the Dala horse. I come from Dalarna so it felt like the right place to begin.”

While the Dala horse is a classic Swedish symbol, Månström’s version is a perfect example of contemporary Scandinavian design – clean, simple, modern and unique, mixing colours and patterns in an innovative way without looking too “busy”.


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Månström’s knack for design was hardly unexpected.

“It’s been inside me for a very long time,” Månström tells The Local. “My grandmother made tapestries and my grandfather was a carpenter, so the tradition of craftwork was always there. They gave me a passion for colour and design. It came naturally.”

The company Anna Viktoria was born after Månström did a few designs for a friend. She then started participating in fairs and visiting tourist agencies, where she discovered the seed of a market for exactly what she was making: tradition meets modern design.

“It was tough at first,” Månström recalls. “I was a little ahead of my time, I think. But once things got going, they really got going.”


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Now living in Jämtland in western Sweden, Månström has become a favourite of home decorators across the country, featuring in various home magazines and publications. She sells her products under the name “A Touch of Scandinavia” – and everything is both practical and chic.

”My products are truly Scandinavian; products that convey Sweden. And they also last. They’re items you can really use in everyday life.”

Purchase Anna Viktoria products at The Local Brands