Heavy Snow Impacting Area Farmers

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As Wisconsin continues to get hit with heavy snow some farmers are seeing severe damage from the winter weather.

First News at Nine’s Jessica Bringe has more from Huntsinger Farms in Eau Claire where a barn roof collapsed overnight Wednesday. 

Heavy snow from winter storms is causing trouble for Wisconsin Farmers.

It was in good shape until mother nature decided to take it out.

Huntsinger Farms says the snowfall was too much for one of its 184-foot long barns that was built in 1980.

“It’s an expense we don’t look forward to.  I mean insurance is not going to cover 100-percent of it either the equipment, or the tractors, the building either way we still have to come up with the money to foot the bill,” said farm manager, Ken Traaseth.

The farm is still waiting on insurance estimates, but said it will try and salvage the farm equipment that was inside the barn when it collapsed

I think most of it is salvageable. We’ve got a truck in there that’s got some roof damage on it. A tractor that’s got some roof damage but i think with some tender loving care we’ll get it back up and running again.

Eau Claire County’s UW-Extension said older barns were not held to the building standards of newer structures and that can mean they’re subject to more damage.

“The problem is you start getting large amounts of snow on buildings that don’t have quite the rafter system in the them that they could, should or need to have,” said Eau Claire County UW-Extension Agriculture Agent, Mark Hagedorn. “Hence the building collapses and then whatever happens to be underneath be it beast, machinery or even worse humans, damage can occur.”

In the area UW-Extension said there have been at least four barn buildings collapses, so farmers should keep an eye out for more snowfall and be sure to clear off their barn roofs.

“Keep an eye on it and hope for a little bit of warmer weather to melt this off and everybody needs to be safe,” said Hagedorn.
 

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