The lightning strike also dealt a financial blow. Blackwelder, who is insured but doesn't know how much his plan will cover, said the certified organic cows were worth at least $2,000 each, the newspaper reported.
The Wright County Missouri Farm Bureau shared a photo of the cows on Facebook, where it went viral.
Stan Coday, president of the farm bureau, told CBS News that, unfortunately, the cows' meat couldn't be saved.
"Those animals are damaged and of course they had been there for a few hours when he found them," Coday told CBS News. "In processing an animal, there's a process that needs to be gone through. They wouldn't have been fit for human consumption."