SW Minn. livestock, farmers struggle without power

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The ice and snow storm that socked southwest Minnesota last week has been hard on livestock and farmers who went days without power, the Worthington Daily Globe reported.

Some animals, including new calves, have been severely stressed and are ailing with scours or pneumonia after the severe weather, the newspaper reported. Some cows took advantage of the fact that electric fencing was no longer working and wandered off a bit, one farmer said.

Several farmers who spoke to the newspaper said they were lucky to have had generators that kept water pumping, ventilation fans whirring, and heaters humming. Others weren't as lucky and had to haul water.

The loss of power and reliance on taxed generators have put farmers behind, the Daily Globe said. One farmer said he had gotten behind on his milking. Another said he couldn't load and haul grain because there’s just “too much to run,” the newspaper reported.

Many people lost power in the Worthington area after the storms late last week, and crews Tuesday were working to restore electricity to the remaining 790 people without it, the newspaper reported. Crews continue to work long shifts removing fallen trees and limbs.

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