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Catherina Cunnane
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Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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3 brothers killed in manure pit accident

3 brothers, aged in their thirties, have died in an accident across the waters in western Ohio after being pulled from a manure pit.

The accident occurred on their family-run livestock farm on Tuesday, August 10th, 2021.

Manure pit accident 

Emergency crews arrived at the Wuebker family farm in the 2300 block of Coldwater Creek Road after receiving 911 calls shortly after midday. It is understood that their mother made the emergency call.

According to numerous reports, the men entered the manure pit to maintain a pump when they were knocked unconscious by fumes and became trapped.

Mercer County Outlook issued the following incident report.

“First responders pulled the three men from the manure pit and rushed them to Mercer Health.”

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“One of the brothers was transported to a hospital in Fort Wayne. All three passed away after life-saving efforts failed.”

The accident claimed the lives of Gary Wuebker (37), Brad Wuebker (35), and Todd Wuebker (31).

WDTN has reported that preliminary autopsies showed they died from asphyxiation secondary to a farm accident.


Tributes have poured in for the Wuebker brothers.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Ohio Holstein Association said:

“Our condolences go out to the Wuebker family on the loss of their three sons, Brad, Todd, and Gary Wuebker of Mercer County.”

“St. Henry, Ohio– Three brothers died after being trapped in a manure pit at a farm near St. Henry, Ohio on Tuesday.

“Local emergency units were called to the farm at 12:30 pm when three men were passed out in a manure pit.”

“St. Henry Fire Department Chief, Matt Lefeld said the men were pulled from the pit and non-mobile and unconscious. The brothers, Gary, Todd and Brad Wuebker, were doing maintenance on the manure pump when the accident occurred.”

“Todd Wuebker was 31-years-old, Brad Wuebker was 35, and Gary Wuebker was 37-years-old.

Funeral arrangements will be handled by Hogenkamp Funeral Home, St. Henry, Ohio.”

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