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Tri-Cities rancher says blizzard killed 29 cows, but deputies suspect he let them starve

Cows wait their turn for the first milking of the day at J & K Dairy, 7010 E. Edison Road in Sunnyside, Wash. J & K Dairy was one out of the several farms that lost over 1,800 dairy cows in the Yakima Valley from the Feb. 9 blizzard. Today, dairy farmer Jason Sheehan and his crew are working to help heal cows that are suffering from frostbite after the storm.

The rancher claims the cattle died during a February blizzard when 18,000 dairy cows died, at an estimated loss of $3.5 to $4 million.

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