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Friends, family help Salix, IA dairy farm clean up after tornado

SALIX, Iowa (KTIV) -

Friday night's storm left a very visible mark on the Sioux Jersey Dairy in Salix, Iowa. Dairy buildings were ripped apart and mangled by the tornado. 

"Well, it's kind of a shock. But you just have to get over the initial shock and come up with a game plan," Brian Smits, General Manager of Sioux Jersey's Dairy said.

Thankfully, the folks at this farm say they are getting by with a little help from their friends. The clean up is a daunting task, but a group of volunteers are working tirelessly to clear the debris while maintaining normal dairy operations. 

"Oh it's unbelievable. That's the part that chokes you up. It's been really good," Smits said.

As clean up continues, the crew at Sioux Jersey's says they're just taking it one day at a time, and they're trying to focus on the positive. No one was injured, and only one of their 4200 cattle died in the storm.

"We had a few that had some debris in them, had some cuts and whatever and needed some care, and we're taking care of that. But it's just flat out amazing that there were so few animals injured," Smits said.

In the meantime, Smits is milking as many cows as he can at the farm, and shipping the rest to be cared for at another location.  He also hopes to have the dairy building repaired before winter.  


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