A family in central Minnesota has been awarded a significant sum in connection with stray voltage that has affected their dairy operation for more than 20 years. Stray voltage has been a documented problem for many years, especially regarding dairy farms, whose livestock can be especially sensitive to these types of problems. Stray voltage affects an animals’ water and food intake, and can produce a stress hormone that causes them to produce less milk.
The electric cooperative in question had been unsympathetic to their customer’s concerns, and had made only minimal modifications to the wiring that was affecting the dairy farm. Both parties agreed these can be very complex cases, requiring a high level of sophistication, both legal and technical.