Heat and humidity kill at least 2,000 cattle in Kansas

Kansas state authorities said extreme heat and humidity killed at least 2,000 cattle in Kansas. Rising temperatures threaten livestock.

The US beef industry is already suffering and producers have chosen to reduce their herds. The Russian invasion of Ukraine meant that shortages of food grains increased animal feed costs.

Kansas is the third largest U.S. cattle state behind Texas and Nebraska, with more than 2.4 million cattle in feedlots.

Temperature and humidity rose over the weekend in western Kansas and cooling winds disappeared.

Scarlett Hagins, spokeswoman for the Kansas Livestock Association, said the animals weren’t able to acclimate to the sudden change.

“It was basically a perfect storm,” said AJ Tarpoff, a bovine extension veterinarian for Kansas State University.

Temperatures reached 108 degrees Fahrenheit (42 degrees Celsius) in northwest Kansas on Monday, said Drew Lerner, president of World Weather Inc. This weekend, parts of western Kansas and the panhandle Texas will reach near 110 degrees, though stronger winds and lower humidity levels will help minimize livestock deaths, he said.

(With agency contributions)

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