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Lightning

Post by TCRanch » Sat Jun 08, 2019 3:42 pm

Why won't varmints/scavengers eat an animal that's been struck by lightning? It's been over 2 weeks since my brand spanking new bull was hit and he still hasn't decomposed. Plus I had him posted so easy pickins'. And as I recall it took a long time for a first calf heifer to decompose a couple years ago, no necropsy.

I'm wanting (actually needing) to open the pasture where we dumped him but concerned about potential health risks to the herd. He's way back in a wooded area, really the only place we could dispose of him because everything has been so saturated. Should we try to bury or burn him? Or not worry about it?



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Re: Lightning

Post by TennesseeTuxedo » Sat Jun 08, 2019 3:46 pm

We have a carcass removal service in our area. I’d most likely bury him otherwise.
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Re: Lightning

Post by Bright Raven » Sat Jun 08, 2019 3:50 pm

Decomposing cattle where the mortality is due to lightning will not pose danger to grazing stock.

In Kentucky, we are required to bury or incinerate dead cattle. But in our county there is no enforcement.

I am bewildered that scavengers are not eating the lightning struck cattle.
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Re: Lightning

Post by TCRanch » Sat Jun 08, 2019 4:02 pm

Bright Raven wrote:
Sat Jun 08, 2019 3:50 pm
Decomposing cattle where the mortality is due to lightning will not pose danger to grazing stock.

In Kentucky, we are required to bury or incinerate dead cattle. But in our county there is no enforcement.

I am bewildered that scavengers are not eating the lightning struck cattle.
Thank you, good to know.
We most likely have an ordinance to burn or bury but honestly, 99% of the time they're gone within a couple days.

Maybe there is a chemical coumpound that is released when they're struck that's offensive to carnivores? He certainly didn't look barbecued when the vet opened him up.

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Re: Lightning

Post by bird dog » Sat Jun 08, 2019 4:08 pm

I had a cow die once and drug it of down by a creek. The buzzards ate the soft tissue the next day and then it set for two weeks with nothing. Then they started back and it was gone in two days.

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Re: Lightning

Post by Bright Raven » Sat Jun 08, 2019 4:12 pm

TCRanch wrote:
Sat Jun 08, 2019 4:02 pm
Bright Raven wrote:
Sat Jun 08, 2019 3:50 pm
Decomposing cattle where the mortality is due to lightning will not pose danger to grazing stock.

In Kentucky, we are required to bury or incinerate dead cattle. But in our county there is no enforcement.

I am bewildered that scavengers are not eating the lightning struck cattle.
Thank you, good to know.
We most likely have an ordinance to burn or bury but honestly, 99% of the time they're gone within a couple days.

Maybe there is a chemical coumpound that is released when they're struck that's offensive to carnivores? He certainly didn't look barbecued when the vet opened him up.
We have a state law but there is no enforcement agency. If someone complains, the sheriff will become involved. Rarely happens here.

I would turn the cows in. The dead cow will not be a threat. I wouldn't think lightning would create any compound that would turn away buzzards. IDK.
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Re: Lightning

Post by TCRanch » Sat Jun 08, 2019 4:15 pm

bird dog wrote:
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I had a cow die once and drug it of down by a creek. The buzzards ate the soft tissue the next day and then it set for two weeks with nothing. Then they started back and it was gone in two days.
That's something to consider. Unfortunately a neighbor shot himself about 100 yards from the bull and wasn't discovered for 6 days. What was left of him. Maybe they'll go back to the bull now.

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Re: Lightning

Post by Ky hills » Sat Jun 08, 2019 4:37 pm

As others have said I don’t think there would be any health risk there for the other cattle in that case. I have always heard that varmits would not eat lightning strike victim carcasses. Seems like there could be something to that but don’t know why. Over the years we have lost some for various reasons. I typically drag them up next to our driveway so the “dead wagon” as the dead animal removal service truck is called locally here can pick it up, I cover them with a tarp to keep crittters and our dogs off of it. Have to keep a close watch or the dogs will mess with it. Last summer one of our longhorn heifers was killed by lightning, and the dog went over and smelled around and then walked away and didn’t bother with it.

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Re: Lightning

Post by Banjo » Sat Jun 08, 2019 5:30 pm

You can compost him....cover him with hay or wood chips.

That's my opinion.....feel free to make it yours.

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Re: Lightning

Post by Ebenezer » Sat Jun 08, 2019 5:54 pm

Banjo wrote:
Sat Jun 08, 2019 5:30 pm
You can compost him....cover him with hay or wood chips.
Better quality hay against the body. Everything else to create the mound.

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Re: Lightning

Post by TCRanch » Sat Jun 08, 2019 6:11 pm

Ebenezer wrote:
Sat Jun 08, 2019 5:54 pm
Banjo wrote:
Sat Jun 08, 2019 5:30 pm
You can compost him....cover him with hay or wood chips.
Better quality hay against the body. Everything else to create the mound.
Interesting, thank you. It's so wet and muddy I'm really not sure he would burn & burying him would be a testament to the track loader.

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Re: Lightning

Post by Lazy M » Sat Jun 08, 2019 6:43 pm

TCRanch wrote:
Sat Jun 08, 2019 6:11 pm
Ebenezer wrote:
Sat Jun 08, 2019 5:54 pm
Banjo wrote:
Sat Jun 08, 2019 5:30 pm
You can compost him....cover him with hay or wood chips.
Better quality hay against the body. Everything else to create the mound.
Interesting, thank you. It's so wet and muddy I'm really not sure he would burn & burying him would be a testament to the track loader.
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Re: Lightning

Post by TCRanch » Sat Jun 08, 2019 6:46 pm

Lazy M wrote:
Sat Jun 08, 2019 6:43 pm
TCRanch wrote:
Sat Jun 08, 2019 6:11 pm
Ebenezer wrote:
Sat Jun 08, 2019 5:54 pm


Better quality hay against the body. Everything else to create the mound.
Interesting, thank you. It's so wet and muddy I'm really not sure he would burn & burying him would be a testament to the track loader.
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Don't underestimate the digging potential of a FEL tractor. Dug this 5'hole in about 30 min with my 55hp Kubota
That's awesome! And yes, he traded in the Deer for a Kubota.

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Re: Lightning

Post by Lazy M » Sat Jun 08, 2019 7:15 pm

TCRanch wrote:
Sat Jun 08, 2019 6:46 pm
Lazy M wrote:
Sat Jun 08, 2019 6:43 pm
TCRanch wrote:
Sat Jun 08, 2019 6:11 pm


Interesting, thank you. It's so wet and muddy I'm really not sure he would burn & burying him would be a testament to the track loader.
Imagenbt atm locations
Don't underestimate the digging potential of a FEL tractor. Dug this 5'hole in about 30 min with my 55hp Kubota
That's awesome! And yes, he traded in the Deer for a Kubota.
We have a New Holland, 2 JD, and a Kubota. The Kubota is my choice everytime.

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Re: Lightning

Post by Redgully » Sat Jun 08, 2019 7:32 pm

Interesting thread. We had a big jarrah tree here hit by lightning and jarrah is excellent firewood. My grandfather told me after a lightning strike it will not burn. I didn't pay attention as he was a superstitious man, well long story short he was right. No idea why.

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