Winter storm Goliath wreaked havoc with transportation in the days after Christmas, but its after-effects are now being felt. Texas and New Mexico dairy farmers estimate that 30,000 head were lost in the blizzard that covered much of Eastern New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle. Texas Association of Dairymen executive director Darren Turley said an estimated 15,000 mature dairy cows died from the storm. The impact area contains ten counties that account for almost 40% of the state’s milk production.
Of course that means less dairy production and possibly higher milk prices in the immediate future, but disposal is a real problem right now. Texas dairy producers are working with state environmental officials to find ways to dispose of the mass numbers of dead animals. Some counties are allowing producers to put carcasses in their landfills.