The Rock County Sheriff’s Office reports that fire departments from Hardwick, Luverne, Beaver Creek, Hills, Edgerton, Jasper, and Pipestone, Minnesota; and Garretson, South Dakota were called to the fire, which was five miles northwest of Hardwick, at a hog barn owned by New Horizon Farms. The fire started around 9:30 PM Sunday night.
Bob Taubert, Managing Partner of New Horizon Farms says that it appears to be a total loss. He says 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. According to the weather equipment at the Luverne Airport the air temperature was -14, and the wind chills were around -42.
The Rock County Ambulance also responded, but no one was hurt.
The facility represents about 20 percent of hog production for New Horizon Farms.
At this time the cause of the fire has not been determined. The owners say they are working closely with authorities and their insurance company to determine the cause of the fire and to clean up the site.