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Farmer speaks out on 200 dead cattle

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AMHERST (WAOW) -- 200 cattle dead on a Portage County farm.

The sheriff says a virus is to blame. The farmer blames pneumonia.

The sheriff says it's no a threat to humans or animals. But the financial loss is devastating.

Early last week J.M. Farms lost about $300,000 in cattle.

Newsline 9 talked with the owner. He wanted to make clear the cattle died from pneumonia. He says right now they're going to find the source of the problem and cure that. The vet told him he believes several factors may be involved, including the weather and the feed.

"It's a devastating loss, both economically and emotionally. To have this kind of death loss, it's just hard to explain," J.M. Farms Owner Jerry Krupka said.

The sheriff says samples from the dead animals have been sent to Madison for testing.

The owner says the cattle are all vaccinated and fed according to a nutritionists recommendations. He says this kind of death certainly takes an emotional toll.

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