New York officials have confirmed that the number of dairy animals that died in tropical storm Irene earlier this week was less than 100, but greater than 75.
Heavy rainfall created serious flooding problems in eastern New York and Vermont. But three to four farms around Middleburgh, N.Y., bore the brunt of the damage when it came to losing livestock. Losses included cows and youngstock.
One farm had to move cows to a neighboring farm to be milked because their barn wasn’t structurally stable, says Dean Norton, president of the New York Farm Bureau, who toured the affected area on Thursday.
Another farm had to reduce the frequency of milking from three-times-a-day to two-times-a-day because of power and generator issues, he added.
Many of the farms that were having problems getting milk hauled away earlier in the week are now getting trucks in. But, before things started to return to normal, “there were some instances of milk-dumping,” Norton said.
That remains an issue, as well, in neighboring Vermont, where milk-haulers have had to deal with washed-out roads and bridges.