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Gone for heifer and heifer


August 16, 2018

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In July of 1942, on a farm outside Mazomanie, roughly 20 cows were struck by lightning and killed after they huddled under a tree in a thunderstorm. Jean Roberts Farris, 14 years old at the time, recounts the story: "I recall it was not a bad storm. Just one crack of lightning. [It] was time to get the cows from the pasture." Her brother, 19 years old, went calling for the cows. "Our neighbor had an ornery bull who had jumped the fence." Her brother continued to call, but no cows arrived. "Our dad left with a dog and pitchfork thinking the big bad bull had him up a tree." "[My] brother was in shock. Couldn't talk." The cows were dead under the tree. The next day, close to 200 people gathered to take in the sight. Bulldozers from the County volunteered their time to dig a trench. The milking cows had pushed the heifers out from under the tree. The heifers lived, but the milking cows did not.

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