Cows struck by lightening.

Asked August 30, 2016, 7:29 PM EDT

Can cattle killed by lightening be eaten if harvested in a timely manner so the meat doesn't spoil?

San Patricio County Texas

1 Response

I am not going to tell you it can't be done, but I would not do it. It is not worth the risk. If you saw it go down from lightning, immediately bled it out and removed the entrails and got it into a cooler promptly ?MAYBE?, but I still would not do it. If you don't kill it yourself and properly prepare it to be cut up, in a conducive environment you are asking for trouble. It is NOT worth the risk. I would write it off as a loss and discard the carcass or have it buried.
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