More than 3,000 cattle have died from heat exposure in Kansas since last week. The state says that the extreme conditions are likely caused by climate change and high humidity which makes it difficult for animals airways to expand properly when they breathe out water vapor. It is a big breaking and saddening news for the U.S. cattle industry. The recent rise in the number of cattle deaths is a source for much sorrow. Reports have shown that many producers are reducing their herds due to drought and struggling with feed costs which continue upward because Russia’s invasion on Ukraine has tighten global grain supplies ever more tightly than before.
In response to the ongoing crisis in Kansas, a spokesperson for The Department of Health and Environment said that there are now 3000 cattle deaths due high temperatures and humidity. He went on record as saying they knew about this issue last Tuesday when cases like these started coming into their office at an alarming rate but it’s only gotten worse since then with more animals succumbing every day without help from humans or artificial sources such electric fences which also failed during some instances according animators who work here using automated scanning equipment.
Apparently this is video of the 3000 cattle that died in SW Kansas. Original tweet said heat, farmer I talked in Kansas said it wasn’t the heat. pic.twitter.com/OlPks10ji8
— bu/ac (@buperac) June 15, 2022
It is still unclear how many animals died in the disaster, but early estimates show that it could be anywhere from 3000 to 6000. Geographically speaking though at least according these experts who have been monitoring populations closely, the center point for this suffering seems most likely situated near Ulysses Kansas.
Heat is the biggest threat to cattle, especially when there’s not enough nighttime cooling. It accumulate during hot days and nights leads them into a situation where they can eventually die due too much stress from being overheated in their environment.
The heat wave is expected to continue for several days. Producers will need to remain on high alert in order try and manage that stress from the sun’s rays. According to experts, producers should be aware of their animal’s needs during this time so they do not over-exert themselves or become too uncomfortable. In addition there could potentially be issues with: dehydration thirst irritability mood changes weight loss cramps muscle fatigue weakness dizziness sleeplessness hot flashes nighttime sweating.
Heat stress is a significant problem for producers, but it doesn’t have to be devastating. Producers work hard and do everything they can in order manage the effects of heat on cattle farms today. Summer heat and food availability is the big treat and problem for the cattle in the SouthWest Kansas. The authorities and department are now investigating the case to check the truth of the video which was uploaded on the Twitter.