Barn collapses; kills 40 cows

A large barn collapsed at the Goodrich farm on Shard Villa Road in Salisbury after the Valentines Day Blizzard dumped more than three feet of snow on Vermont. The collapse occurred during the early morning hours of Feb. 15 and killed 40 cows. The Goodrich family operates a 500-head dairy cattle operation. Donald and Mildred Goodrich own the farm with other family members. According to news reports, Goodrichs employees arrived to milk cows during the storm at 3:30 a.m. and found the barn in ruins. The collapse must have occurred sometime after midnight. Structural stress from the weight of the snow was considered as the cause of the collapse. Farmers and friends from as far away as Brandon arrived on the scene to help the Goodrichs dig out with tractors, hot food, and muscle. A large excavator was used to break up the wreckage. Several cows were freed from under the snow overburden and walked away wobbly but healthy. Unfortunately, 40 cows were crushed under the collapse raining debris and snow. Several large-animal veterinarians arrived at the farm to treat suffering cows during the morning and afternoon hours of Feb. 15.

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