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Heat kills hundreds of Kansas cattle

Cows are suffering from extreme temperatures, not eating and dying from the heat.

July 20, 2010, 8:18 a.m. Updated July 20, 2010, 11:29 a.m.

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— Kansas livestock owners say intense heat caused hundreds of head of cattle to die over the weekend.

KWCH reports that the biggest losses came at Ottawa County Feeders in Bennington. The owner of the feedlot says the cattle wouldn't eat because it was too hot.

Kansas Angus Association vice president Joe Hite says he tries to keep his cattle in a grassy and shaded Sedgwick County pasture. He says some livestock are more tolerant than others, but his black Angus cattle are especially susceptible because of their black hair.

The dangerous temperatures in Kansas usually continue through late August, and farmers are used to dealing with the heat.

They have to adapt, since losing even one cow or bull can cost a farmer up to $2,500.

Comments

Jimbecile 3 years, 9 months ago

Spend 2 hours with a cow. You will never feel bad about eating them again.

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Truami 3 years, 9 months ago

We should stop using animals as our slaves. If the cattle had the option to roam freely, I gurantee their instincts would of said get the hell out of Kansas asap. We are a greedy race though.

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whatadrag 3 years, 9 months ago

Farmer should give em shade, protect his investments

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bobberboy 3 years, 9 months ago

we would die too if left out in an overcrowded dirt lot with no shade. " Beef - it's what's for dinner." What would it be like if the cows were in charge ?

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Marcus DeMond 3 years, 9 months ago

Life on a feedlot sounds pretty miserable. Probably stopped eating because it wanted to die.

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somedude20 3 years, 9 months ago

anyone hungry for sun dried steak? maybe it was the chickens paying back the cows for that whole "eat mor chikin" stunt they have been pulling on that there tv box screen!!

gaba gaba hey

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yourworstnightmare 3 years, 9 months ago

Feedlots are just bad places for cows and for our future food. Let cows eat grass, ferchrissakes.

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Charlie Sabotage 3 years, 9 months ago

at least the meat is precooked before slaughter, no?

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