Family Rebuilds Cattle Facility after Massive Fire

By: Carly Stephenson Email
By: Carly Stephenson Email

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- After a massive cattle barn fire in January, a family is rebuilding their cattle facility.
The fire happened at Arbogast Farms in Harrisonburg and caused hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage.
In just a few weeks, they'll be able to move hundreds of cattle in.
Brian Arbogast said they met with an architect in February and started building in August. Arbogast said the new structure will be more accommodating for cattle.
It's not as big at 734 feet long, but it's taller and more open.
The old building was a converted poultry house, so it was longer and not as open. They lost at least $150,000 worth of equipment in the fire.
When they lost the barn, they had to move cows out to graze, as opposed to keeping them on feed.
Because of that, they were only able to keep 250 cows in January.
"It is exciting seeing this structure coming up, our own cattle we haven't been feeding since we lost the barn. So we'll get the cattle facility up and running and we'll be back to feeding cattle which is part of our farm's operation," said Arbogast.
As far as total loss, it's at least $700,000.
They ruled that the cause of the fire was electrical.
The Arbogasts are working on the project with TL Poe Construction, LLC. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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