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·         Did High Heat And Humidity Really Cause Cattle Deaths In Kansas? The Latest Look at Potential Losses

·         Yes, heat led to the deaths of at least 2,000 cattle in Kansas

 

 

Did High Heat And Humidity Really Cause Cattle Deaths In Kansas? The Latest Look at Potential Losses

 

By Tyne Morgan, Drovers 

June 16, 2022

 

Drought-plagued western Kansas recently saw rain. While the moisture was welcomed, it also coupled high humidity with high heat this week. As feedyards battled through the intense conditions to keep their cattle safe, the heat and humidity proved devastating, with estimates now pointing to feedlots seeing losses of 100 to 500 head per day.

 

An unconfirmed video of dead black-hided cattle made its rounds on social media this week. The rare scenario is something feedlot operators couldn’t avoid. Dr. Dan Thomson, a bovine vet who specializes in animal health welfare, recently spoke to Farm Journal’s Michelle Rook.

 

“If we have a rain event that increases the humidity in the environment, through mud and different things like that, followed by extreme temperatures with a decrease in wind, we can see these thermal heat indexes rise to where cattle accumulate heat,” Thomson says.

 

He says the scenario is similar to the impact of a natural disaster. While feedlots did everything possible to prepare and provide cattle relief, the climate conditions meant the cattle didn't have a chance to cool down, and in some cases, the internal temperature rose too much, which caused the rare losses.

 

“During these bouts of extreme heat, the cattle can't dissipate the heat at night because there's not night cooling," Thomson says. “And so this perfect storm, it's no different than a tornado hitting a cattle feeding facility or a derecho. We have these natural disasters.”

 

Estimated Losses Still in Question ...

 

Losses Could Have Been Worse ...

 

High Heat Expected to Stick Around ...

 

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https://www.drovers.com/news/beef-production/did-high-heat-and-humidity-really-cause-cattle-deaths-kansas-latest-look

 

 

Yes, heat led to the deaths of at least 2,000 cattle in Kansas

High temperatures and humidity, combined with low wind, made it difficult for the cows to stay cool during the heatwave, officials in Kansas told VERIFY.

 

Megan Loe, WBNS-TV (OH)

June 16, 2022

 

A heatwave descended upon the Midwest and South in June, pushing temperatures into the 90s and triple digits in some areas.

 

The Associated Press reports that the dangerously high temperatures may have led to the deaths of two people in Wisconsin. Now, an unconfirmed video circulating on social media claims to show thousands of cattle dead in Kansas.

 

Some people on Twitter have questioned whether the extreme temperatures led to the cows’ deaths. One user who shared the video of the cattle claimed in a viral tweet on Tuesday, June 14 that a farmer told them heat was not to blame.

 

THE QUESTION

 

Did heat lead to the deaths of thousands of cattle in Kansas?

 

THE SOURCES

 

    Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE)

 

    Kansas Department of Agriculture

 

    Kansas State University

 

    University of Minnesota

 

THE ANSWER

 

This is true.

 

Yes, heat led to the deaths of at least 2,000 cattle in Kansas.

 

WHAT WE FOUND ...

 

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https://www.10tv.com/article/news/verify/extreme-weather-verify/heat-deaths-2000-cattle-kansas/536-1287ea06-d612-44a6-90b1-1353304204f9