Did 200 head of dairy cattle die of pneumonia?
The owner of the farm where it happened, J.M. Farms in Stockton, Wis., says the cattle did die from pneumonia despite initial reports that it was something else, according to WAOW-TV in Wausau. He told the station that the financial loss -- estimated at $300,000 -- is devastating.
Initial reports from the Portage County sheriff's office were that the cattle died from IBR or BVD virus.
Samples from the cattle were sent to a laboratory for analysis. According to the Wisconsin Rapids Tribune, the cattle likely died from acute interstitial pneumonia, based on preliminary test results released Tuesday.
See "Farmer speaks out on 200 dead cattle" in this news summary from WAOW-TV.
And, read "Steers likely killed by pneumonia."