I grew up on a cattle station and I've seen the results of lightening strikes on large numbers of animals. It probably happens more often than we think since its not always reported, at least not as lightening strikes. On large properties they may not be discovered for some time and cause of death may be from any number of things, poisonous plants, water toxicity, heat stress, animal attacks, disease and asphyxiation from methane build-up, etc. Farm animals are experts at dying of obscure and improbable things. Farming is a stressful, frustrating, depressing but rewarding occupation. My dad has had a few near misses and a couple of near hits with lightning, luckily he was in the cab of his tractor on these occasions. During storms our house got hit by lightning a few times as well, it would arc between the bath tub and sink sometimes. And one time the phone exploded, luckily no one was home at the time, but there was bits of Bakelite all over the house and a hole in the wall where the phone use to be. There was also a blackened hole in the front screen door for some reason. This is why I get a little nervous during lightning storms. Now I live on the gold coast in Queensland there have been a few people killed and injured by lightning over the last few years. A tree in the park behind my unit was hit three months after I moved up here and a lightning strike blew up a transformer in the next street four years ago. It also killed my computer.