Is Your Livestock Barn at Risk for Fire?

How to Prevent a Livestock Barn Fire

Is Your Livestock Barn at Risk for Fire?
Add to Favorites Reading Time: 5 minutes By: Anita B. Stone No one wants to see their livestock barn wrapped in flames. But that’s exactly what occurred at one of the oldest dairy farms in New York, when firefighters from 15 departments responded to the scene. “I immediately rushed over thinking I could save some cows,” says owner, Michael Miller. “But the barn was engulfed in smoke and flames on the window edges.” Mitchell lost 46 cows. Only one animal survived the fire. Barn fires killed more than 150,000 farm animals in 2018 according to the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI). Farm animals are not covered by the Federal Animal Welfare Act, which provides some protection for animals. From 2013 to 2017, 2.7 million animal deaths occurred in 326 livestock barn fires in North America. This number includes 2,600 cows. According to ‘Dairy Herd Management,’ “Of the 148 barn fires tracked

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