Snowstorm 2015 Responsible for 35,000 Livestock Deaths
The day after Christmas is when the storms started, sweeping blizzard like conditions across Texas and New Mexico. Agricultural businesses suffered the worst of the damage as they lost an estimated 35,000 livestock.
So far the count is at 35,000 calf that died in the harsh conditions and still many could die due to frostbite. In West Texas alone, about 10% of the adult herd was lost and now the mess is trying to be cleaned up by saddened farm owners across Texas and New Mexico.
Some cows tried to hide behind windbreakers to find shelter from the snowstorm, but 14-foot snow drifts would bury the herds alive. Such a sad and tragic way to lose livestock, and farmers are hoping for milder conditions the rest of the winter to try and rebuild their herds.