EXTREME summer heat killed at least 3,000 cows in Kansas on Tuesday, June 14.
With intense weather and high humidity in Kansas in the summer, livestock lives are at risk.
Kansas Department of Health and Environment spokesman Matthew Lara told People that at least 2,000 cattle died from the extreme heat and humidity that swept southwest Kansas.
Lara went on to say that the number is likely higher because it only includes the total deaths of those who have contacted the department for help disposing of dead cows.
Is the US in a heatwave?
The National Weather Service (NWS) this week warned more than a third of the US population to stay indoors and protect themselves from the extreme heat.
With Kansas expected to reach an average temperature of 100 degrees on Friday June 17th, it’s important to follow the safety procedures posted and stay hydrated and secured.
In Phoenix, Arizona, temperatures hit 110 degrees for four straight days, worrying those who have to run outside, according to The Guardian.
“This is a day when not only people who are susceptible to heat-related illnesses, but really anyone who spends any time outdoors is at risk for heat-related illnesses,” NWS meteorologist Matt Beitscher told CNN.
How Did 3,000 Cows Die in Kansas?
As the heat of all time radiated across the country, around 3,000 Kansas cows died from the intense heat.
Since Kansas is the nation’s top three beef producers, Kansas was hit by the unexpectedly absurd weather situation.
“What is clear is that the problem of heat stress in livestock (and humans) will become increasingly difficult for ranchers as the world warms,” said climate scientist and professor Philip Thornton.
Thornton recommends adequate ventilation and cooling systems to allow livestock to thrive during this heatwave, although this can place some financial strain on farmers.
“In the long term, the most effective way to meet the challenge is to redouble our collective efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as quickly and comprehensively as possible,” Thornton continued.
Brena Masek, the president of Nebraska Cattlemen, also told Reuters that it’s important to constantly monitor your livestock.
“You can’t say, ‘Oh, I checked her three days ago.'”
“When it gets hot, you have to go out every day and take care of the water supply,” Masek sums up.
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