Kansas Heat Wave Kills Around 10,000 Fat Cattle as Temperatures Reach over 100 Degrees Fahrenheit
Kansas is experiencing an unusual heat wave since last weekend, leading to the deaths of 10,000 fat cattle as recorded temperatures surpassed 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
The reported peak of the extreme heat spiked by Monday, June 13, reaching 104 degrees with a humidity as high as 35%.
The death toll is expected to further increase due to the continuance of the heat wave, which has no end in sight.
The recent heat wave is considered to be one of the worst natural disasters in Kansas. Livestock experts reportedly believed that the event has caused significant damage in livestock agriculture as of Monday, with no specific incurred amount of economic damage at this time.
Animal deaths, as well as human fatalities from heat stress, dehydration, and other hazards related to heat wave are common.
However, intense heat in the United States in recent years have indicated a worsening natural calamities due to climate change and global warming.
Tarpoff noted that the deaths related to heat stress in cattle feedlots appeared to start every June.
In addition, the veterinarian also explained cattle can accumulate heat in their bodies which can lead to death; this occurs when there is a "perfect storm" of heat and the absence of nighttime cooling.