About 60,000 broilers two days from going to market are dead. This creates a loss of about $30,000 for SFA. And three times that for Pilgrim's Pride. It all happened very late Saturday night at the SFA broiler farm on Highway 259 north. The electricity went out for a couple of hours. The birds died from overheating.
The state of the art computerized backup and alert systems failed. The system is supposed to sound an alarm so generators can be turned on. There's also an automated phone system that alerts as many as ten locations. That system failed too. All day yesterday the dead birds were covered with dirt according to state guidelines. The financial loss is significant.