Authorities estimate that about 1,000 large animals were killed by the June 16 storms that roared through northeast Nebraska, destroying more than half of Pilger. 

Marty Marks of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service office in Wayne County says the toll could be 1,000 in a six-county region, plus hundreds of chickens and other poultry. 

Producers aren't required to report livestock losses to the government, and businesses such as cattle feeding operations generally don't insure individual animals. 

The EF4 tornado that struck Pilger killed a 5-year-old girl in town and a motorist a few miles east of town.