Archive for Tuesday, July 27, 2010

July heat killed over 2,600 cattle in three days

July 27, 2010


— State officials say intense heat that baked most of Kansas killed more than 2,600 cattle in feedlots during three days in July.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said Monday that it received reports of 2,620 cattle dying from July 16-18.

The cattle were either buried at the feedlot sites, sent to renderers or composted.

Environmental Scientist Ken Powell told The Hutchinson News that a dozen feed yards reported animals dying, ranging from about 20 animals in one lot to to 813 in another lot. The deaths occurred in a line from Salina to Dodge City.

Powell says a break in heat and high humidity has helped reduce the deaths since July 18.


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years ago

Feedlots are pretty horrific places for cattle even without the heat.

notanoobhere 7 years ago

Feedlots are the nasties places in Kansas they are vile disease breeding pools of filth and can take most the blame for the kansas river smelling the way it does. Put the cattle out to pasture dont make them stand around in their own crap and piss, then you would need to spend so much on antibiotics that poison us and you wouldnt have them dieing of heat. I love red meat but I buy free range beef, grass fed no antibiotics no hormones added and the flavor is so much better.

Stephanie Anderson 7 years ago

Cows do a great job of finding ponds for cooling....if you let them!

Amy Heeter 7 years ago

Sounds like state approved animal cruelty to me.

Boston_Corbett 7 years ago

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Kontum1972 7 years ago

so this is pre-cooked meat....slowly simmered under a blazing kansas sky?

Ceallach 7 years ago

No, but it does regulate feedlots. Cattle have no place to go and apparently no one thought it would be prudent to hose them down occasionally. This makes me sick!

jaywalker 7 years ago

Doesn't this happen fairly regularly every summer?

Boston_Corbett 7 years ago

It sure is interesting that any post about dog safety at this time of year gets flagged for removal. I wonder why that is?

mr_right_wing 7 years ago

Well..... .....look at it this way..... .....that's 2,500 less methane producers..... .....their death is good for our environment.

Right Al??

introversion 7 years ago

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mr_right_wing 7 years ago

.....I'm guessing that wasn't a post complimenting me on trying to look at the bright side...

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years ago

You weren't looking at the bright side. You were looking on the ignorant side.

mr_right_wing 6 years, 12 months ago

I'm just going by what I've heard environmentalists say...livestock is a major source of the greenhouse gas methane.

So that is not true?

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