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Kansas heat wave kills 2,000+ feedlot cattle

The brutal heat and humidity that have covered central and southwest Kansas since late last week have killed more than 2,000 cattle in feedlots. Ken Powell, environmental scientist with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, said Tuesday the deaths were due more to the humidity than the heat, adding, “From the standpoint of dealing with the disposal of animals, this is the worst I have seen in the almost 17 years I’ve been here.”

He said the deaths have overwhelmed rendering plants and some feedlots are burying their carcasses in accordance with state regulations. Kansas is the third largest cattle state with more than 2 million head in feedlots.

Temperatures reached 101 degrees Monday in Garden City in southwest Kansas and were expected to stay in the upper 90s to low 100-degree range through Friday. However, state and feedlot spokesmen said conditions improved somewhat Tuesday, as the humidity decreased and the wind picked up.

The brutal heat and humidity that have covered central and southwest Kansas since late last week have killed more than 2,000 cattle in feedlots. Ken Powell, environmental scientist with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, said Tuesday the deaths were due more to the humidity than the heat, adding, “From the standpoint of dealing with the disposal of animals, this is the worst I have seen in the almost 17 years I’ve been here.”

He said the deaths have overwhelmed rendering plants and some feedlots are burying their carcasses in accordance with state regulations. Kansas is the third largest cattle state with more than 2 million head in feedlots.

Temperatures reached 101 degrees Monday in Garden City in southwest Kansas and were expected to stay in the upper 90s to low 100-degree range through Friday. However, state and feedlot spokesmen said conditions improved somewhat Tuesday, as the humidity decreased and the wind picked up.

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