Local farmers suffer damage after snow, agriculture secretary visits to survey options for recovery | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Local farmers suffer damage after snow, agriculture secretary visits to survey options for recovery

Tuesday Wisconsin's agriculture secretary visited local farms to see what damages they're dealing with after the snow storm, but it's not just broken barn buildings that are causing issues.

Local farmers are seeing low production of milk from stressed cows, delayed planting seasons and some have had to dump milk because tankers couldn't get to snowed-in farms.

"When our barn started to go down, my husband, you could see it in his demeanor," says Amy Zernicke of Zernicke Landstad Dairy. "His actions, everything was just down in the dumps and scared because what are you to do when it happens?"

Jay Vomastic said Saturday, April 14 everything was still intact.

But Sunday morning around 5 o'clock he realized his cows were in danger and the property was falling apart.

"It's sad to see years of work and things that your grandfather and father built things up to be where it was," says Vomastic. "One freak snowstorm and everything is swept away."

The cows that survived have been under stress which has meant a low production of milk and some have not eaten much since being out in the pasture.

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