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Fires destroy buildings at Watertown, Sun Prairie farms

Wisconsin State Farmer
Officials are still investigating the cause of a Christmas Day fire that destroyed a heifer barn at Rosy-Lane Holsteins in the town of Watertown.

Multiple fire departments responded to two separate fires that destroyed buildings on two dairy farms in Jefferson and Dane County during the holidays.

Officials are still investigating the cause of a Christmas Day fire that destroyed a heifer barn at Rosy-Lane Holsteins in the town of Watertown.

According to the farm's Facebook page, an associate on the farm called 911 around 11 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 25 to report a fire in a large metal barn that housed heifers at W8335 Ebenezer Road, Watertown. When firefighters arrived, the building was fully engulfed in flames.

Prior to the arrival of firefighters Rosy-Lane Holstein's Facebook post noted that Todd Derr and other staff members entered the calf barn to let animals out.

Dr. Rob Farruggio and Susie Schuld of Jefferson Veterninary Clinic, S.C., arrived on the farm to check calves for signs of smoke inhalation as well as provide emergency vet supplies lost in the blaze. Three young calves were transported to the clinic in order to receive more intensive care. It is unclear whether or not any animals perished as a result of the fire. However, no one was injured in the incident.

"As you can imagine, this is a trying time for us. We sincerely appreciate the outpouring of support from our community..." the Facebook post relayed.

 Rosy-Lane Holsteins is owned by Lloyd and Daphne Holterman and their partners Tim Strobel and Jordan Matthews.

The Statz family hosted Wisconsin Farm Technology Days in 2015, and milk around 3,000 cows and farm more than 6,000 acres of row crops on their operation near Sun Prairie, Wis.

No animals injured at Dane Co. dairy

A worker at Statz Bros. Inc. spotted a blaze inside a commodity shed around 3:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30, prompting several fire departments to respond to the farm at 5875 County V, southeast of Sun Prairie, Wis.

The large structure collapsed, with the building and its contents considered a total loss.

Owner Joe Statz and wife Lisa Statz told a Madison media outlet that the building was filled with straw and cornstalks, and believe a tractor parked inside the building started the fire.

A barn collapsed in a fire Friday at Statz Brothers Farms in the town of Sun Prairie, but no people or animals were injured.

Crews from several area fire departments responded to the fire, and the barn collapsed early on, officials said. As of about 6 p.m., there was an excavator on site to remove debris.

Owner Joe Statz said the structure was a commodity shed filled with bales of straw and cornstalks. Joe said it’s believed a tractor inside the building started the fire, and the structure is a total loss. Approximately 120 animals were housed on the other side of the shed but were relocated and were unharmed.

The Statz family hosted Wisconsin Farm Technology Days in 2015. The family milks around 3,000 cows and farms more than 6,000 acres of row crops.