Extreme Heat and Humidity Blamed for Cattle Deaths in Kansas

June 20, 2022
High temperature and humidity were responsible for the death of thousands of cattle in the last few days.

At least 2,000 cattle are dead after dangerous heat and humidity swept over the Midwest in the last week. Reuters is reporting the Kansas Department of Health and Environment is aware that at least 2,000 cattle have died because of the extreme conditions. That number comes from the facilities that have been in touch with the department to help dispose or remove the cattle carcasses.

Kansas, which is ranked third behind Texas and Nebraska, for cattle experienced temperatures of at least 108 degrees Fahrenheit last week.

Over the weekend, as temperatures rose and humidity increased, cattle began suffering from heat stress. Scarlett Hagins, spokesperson for the Kansas Livestock Association, said the animals could not acclimate to the sudden change.

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