Thousands of pigs killed in Minn. fireA fire at a southwest Minnesota hog farm Jan. 5 killed about 3,700 sows and many piglets.
By: Forum News Service ,
HARDWICK, Minn. — A fire at a southwest Minnesota hog farm Jan. 5 killed about 3,700 sows and many piglets.
Fire departments from eight different counties responded to a fire at New Horizon Farms near Hardwick in Rock County at 9:30 p.m.
The facility represents about 20 percent of hog production for New Horizon.
“It appears to be a total loss,” says Bob Taubert, managing partner of New Horizon.
Firefighters struggled to fight the fire in the extremely cold temperatures and high winds.
No injuries were reported. A cause had not been determined Jan 6.
In all, eight fire departments responded — Edgerton, Hardwick, Jasper, Luverne, Beaver Creek, Hills and Pipestone in Minnesota and Garretson, S.D. The Rock County Ambulance also responded.