An estimated 1,600 dairy cows were killed during the weekend blizzard in the Yakima Valley. Dairy farmers blame a combination of not only the snow, but the winds, which reached speeds of 80 mph. Farmers continuing to prepare as more snow is expected to hit the Valley, they’re adding extra bedding to insulate areas for cows to lay in, adding extra feed, and thawing water troughs with hot water.
Many producers say with additional snow and cold remaining in the forecast for the next week and beyond, losses could grow in the future. Governor Jay Inslee has declared a state of emergency for the state of Washington, which the farmers are hoping will lead to further assistance.
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