Nearly 18,000 cows died in a dairy farm fire and explosion in Castro County, Texas caused by a malfunctioning piece of equipment, with plans for renewable natural gas to prevent methane build-up from manure.
A dairy farm in Castro County, Texas experienced a fire and explosion that resulted in the death of nearly 18,000 cows and critical injury to one employee. The victim was flown to a hospital for treatment and has since been released. The cause of the incident was due to a malfunctioning piece of equipment that caught fire. Texas is the fourth-largest milk producer in the US, but the loss of cattle from the dairy farm fire is not expected to impact grocery store milk prices. Plans to dispose of the dead animals are in progress. A renewable natural gas project is being developed with South Fork Dairy to prevent methane build-up from manure.