EXTREME summer heat killed at least 3,000 cows in Kansas as of June 14, Tuesday.
With intense weather and humidity in Kansas during the summer, the lives of livestock are in danger.
Kansas Department of Health and Environment spokesperson Matthew Lara announced to People that at least 2,000 cattle died of the extreme heat and humidity that swept Southwest Kansas.
Lara continued that the number is probably higher, as it only includes the total deaths of those who contacted the department for help with the clearance of dead cows.
Is the US under a heatwave?
The National Weather Service (NWS) warned more than a third of the US population to stay inside and stay safe from the extreme heat this week.
With Kansas expected to reach an average temperature of 100 degrees on June 17, Friday, it is important to follow the safety measurements given and stay hydrated and secured.
In Phoenix, Arizona, temperatures hit 110 degrees for four straight days, troubling those who have to run outside, per The Guardian.
“This is a day where not only folks who are susceptible to heat-related illnesses, but really just about anybody that’s going to be outside for an extended period of time is at risk for heat-related illnesses,” stated NWS meteorologist Matt Beitscher with CNN.
How did 3,000 cows die in Kansas?
With all-time heat radiating throughout the nation, around 3,000 Kansas cows died due to the immense heat.
With Kansas being the top three beef producers in the nation, Kansas has been pounded by the unexpectedly absurd weather situation.
“What is clear is that the livestock (and human, for that matter) heat stress issue will become increasingly challenging for livestock farmers to deal with, as the world warms,” said climate researcher and professor Philip Thornton.
Thornton recommends proper ventilation and cooling systems to allow proper lives for livestock during this heatwave, although it may require some financial burden to farmers.
“In the long run, the most effective way to address the challenge is to redouble our collective efforts to reduce greenhouse has emissions as quickly and as comprehensively as possible,” continued Thornton.
Brena Masek, the president of Nebraska Cattlemen, also shared with Reuters that it is important to constantly check on your livestock.
“You can’t say, ‘Oh I checked them three days ago.'”
“When it gets hot, you’ve got be to out every day and making sure that their water is maintained,” resumed Masek.