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3,700 sows killed in Hardwick fire

HARDWICK - Fire Departments from eight different counties responded to a fire at New Horizon Farms Facility (NHF) at 9:30 p.m. Sunday. "It appears to be a total loss," said Bob Taubert, Managing Partner of NHF. The farm lost approximately 3,700 s...

HARDWICK – Fire Departments from eight different counties responded to a fire at New Horizon Farms Facility (NHF) at 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

“It appears to be a total loss,” said Bob Taubert, Managing Partner of NHF.

The farm lost approximately 3,700 sows and many piglets. The responding fire departments struggled to fight the fire due to the extreme temperatures and high winds on the coldest day of the winter to date.

In all, eight fire departments responded, Edgerton, Hardwick, Jasper, Luverne, Beaver Creek, Hills and Pipestone in Minnesota and Garretson, S.D.  The Rock County Ambulance also responded. 

“We are thankful no one was on site when the fire started and no one was hurt during the fire,” Taubert said. 

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The facility represents about 20 percent of hog production for NHF.

“We remain committed to supporting our local communities,” said Taubert. “We will definitely rebuild just as soon as we can.”

Ten employees worked at the farm and NHF is working to reassign those employees during the rebuilding process. 

At this time the cause of the fire has not been determined.  NHF is working closely with authorities and their insurance company to determine the cause of the fire and to clean up the site.  

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