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The partial collapse of a barn roof early Wednesday morning, February 13 in the Town of Sherman caused the deaths of more than a dozen dairy cows.
A 60-foot by 120-foot section of a barn roof on the Clark Ridge Farm, located along County Road F just a few miles south of State Road 170 between Boyceville and Wheeler, gave way when it was apparently overloaded by snow from recent winter storms.
The farm is owned by Don and Dave Clark.
According to Nikki Clark, who spoke to the Tribune Press Reporter on the family’s behalf, the incident occurred sometime after 5:00 a.m. last Wednesday, just prior to the early morning milking.
No one was in the barn when the roof crashed down.
The section that collapsed came down on top of a group of cows, killing 15 cows to date and injuring others according to Clark.
Clark added that the barn, which was built in 2007 and is 120 feet wide and 350 feet long, was fully insured along with the animals.
Many relatives, neighbors and friends came to the aid of the Clark Family last Wednesday, helping to remove the cows and clear debris. A half dozen or more people also sent much of the day shoveling snow off the remaining sections of the barn roof to prevent further collapses.