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Meat industry hit hard, up to 10,000 cattle die from ‘heat and humidity’ in Kansas

ByStephanie M. Akbar

Jun 16, 2022

Yet another food industry took its toll as thousands of cattle died in Kansas due to extreme heat, humidity and a lack of grain supply caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The death toll has apparently reached at least 2,000 cattle, Matthew Lara, spokesman for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, said, according to Reuters. That estimate is believed to come from facilities that contacted the agency for assistance in disposing of deceased livestock, the outlet reported.

Cattle are believed to have died from heat stress resulting from extremely high temperature and humidity, Scarlett Hagins, a spokeswoman for the Kansas Livestock Association, told Reuters.

The sweltering heat is reported to have reached 108 degrees Fahrenheit in western Kansas, and temperatures are expected to climb to around 110 over the weekend, World Weather Inc. President Drew Lerner said, according to Reuters.

The heat would have been an additional injury for herders who have already had to downsize due to soaring food and grain prices caused by the conflict in Eastern Europe, according to Reuters. (RELATED: A guy tweeted a photo of a beer menu at the airport and the Port Authority got involved)

Farmers are expected to provide extra care for their livestock to help them survive, Reuters reported.

“When it’s hot, you have to go out every day and make sure their water is maintained,” said Brenda Masek, president of the Nebraska Cattlemen industry association, according to the outlet.



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