A firefighter in a protective suit and safety belt saves cows in the dung pit. Photo: Ljungby Rescue Service / TT
07 Apr 2018

40 cows died when roof caved in by snow - Cows fell in to dung pool


Photo: (Above) A firefighter in a protective suit and safety belt attempting to save cows in the dung pit. Photo: Ljungby Rescue Service

A roof broke and collapsed on a barn outside Boden, Sweden during Friday. Snow that had collected on the roof had become heavy with the warmer weather, and it became too much for the construction.

300 cows were in the building. The rescue work took several hours and for many hours fire services feared that most of the cows were killed - on Saturday it was confirmed that 40 cows had perished, writes Swedish news paper Norrländska Socialdemokraten.


Cows in snow


The roof collaps occurred at four o'clock in the morning. Had it happened an hour later, the consequenses could have been much worse

"we were lucky that no person was in the barn when the roof collapsed. I feel many different emotions right now, what happened is horrible, says the farmer to NSD.

20 cows could be rescued by the rescue service.



Hannes Jacobsson
Hannes Jacobsson from the Rescue Services in Ljungby was one of the firefighters who had to wade around the dung pool.

Meanwhile, in another part of Sweden: - Cows needed rescue from stinky incident

The firemen in Ljungby, Sweden got a call for some smelly work on Saturday morning. Six cows on a farm had gone through a fence and then still straight down into a manure pool.

"They just stood there with their heads and a part of their backs above the surface and could not get up," says Örjan Svensson, emergency rescue officer, to Swedish media.

They were swimming around in the manure. It was not even half past seven in the morning when the rescue service in Ljungby got the call.

"Two vehicles went on the call," said station officer Marcus Walldén.


When the five firefighters came to the scene, the cows were swimming around in the stool.

"They struggled and tried to stay above the surface," he says.


Cows saved by ropes


Pulled the cows up with ropes

Fireman Hannes Jakobsson put a rope on each cow. Then they pulled them out - one at a time.

"Still, they were quite calm, but a little stressed," Marcus says about the cows.


Marcus Wallden

Deputy leader Marcus Walldén led the effort that took just an hour.
Photo: Ljungby Rescue Service

Eventually all cows were rescued without any injuroes. The owners thanked rescue services for the effort and the firemen could go back to the station with a smile on their lips and the knowledge of a successful effort.

Once back at the station, they shared their experience on Facebook, where they received several positive comments.

"Awesome work," commented on a user.

"A well done, crazy job", writes another.