The cow and calf ... their lips, ears and eyes were burnt off. I ...

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The cow and calf ... their lips, ears and eyes were burnt off. I shot both

Free State farmers count the cost - emotional and financial - of a blaze that reduced cattle and crops to ash

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Late on Sunday afternoon as the fire ripped through the dry Free State veld of Hertzogville, Hansie Labuschagne’s heart broke at the sound of his animals in distress.

“I am struggling to fall asleep at night and when I eventually do fall asleep, I hear the cries of my animals as they burnt in the fire.

“I can never sleep after that again. These are animals I raised myself. It’s extremely heartbreaking,” an emotional Labuschagne said on Thursday...

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