Thousands of cows found dead in Kansas due to heat –

Thousands of cattle have died in Kansas over the past weekend due to extreme heat and humidity, Reuters reports. The video images we have obtained show the extent of the disaster.

Several reports circulating on the internet claim that 3,000 head of cattle unfortunately lost their lives due to heat stress. However, greater damage has been suggested based on data obtained from farmers and animal husbandry experts.

Rising temperatures in Kansas have raised concerns and the final death count is not yet known, according to DTN.

We’re not embedding the video here because of the disturbing footage it contains, but Kansas state officials said Tuesday the confirmed number of dead cows is “at least 2,000.”

But other reports claimed that around 10,000 cows sadly succumbed to the heat and humidity.

Based on data obtained by livestock experts, the DTN reported that “the current heat wave in Kansas feedlots has killed approximately 10,000 head of fat cattle,” as of Tuesday (14 June).

The temperature in the area is reported to have topped 100 degrees Fahrenheit over the weekend.

As of this writing, the exact number of deceased cattle in Kansas has not been confirmed.

WHAT DOES “HEAD OF CATTLE” MEAN?
While the exact number of cows that died in Kansas has not been revealed, reports with varying counts are circulating the internet. Some even use the term “head of cattle”, so it is important for you to know its meaning.
This term is used to represent a particular number of cattle.

Fauna Facts explains, “A head of cattle is a way of describing a group of cattle based on the number of individual cattle in the group, which is usually a ranch or farm. For example, if a farmer says he has a herd of 140 head of cattle, his cattle herd contains 140 cows. »

EXPERTS EXPLAIN THE IMPACT OF HEAT
Livestock experts have explained how increased stress leads to losses in feedlots.

AJ Tarpoff, who works for the Kansas State University Extension, explains that when there is a “perfect storm” of excessive heat without the possibility of overnight cooling, livestock can build up heat and die from this stress.

And Drew Lerner, the chairman of World Weather Inc, told Reuters: “It’s going to be blisteringly hot and stressful for the animals. You can’t say, ‘Oh, I checked them three days ago. When it’s hot, you have to be outside every day, making sure their water is maintained. »

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