Heat kills more than 1,500 cattle in South Dakota

07/20/2011 | Daily Republic (Mitchell, S.D.), The

Excessive heat has taken a toll on livestock in South Dakota, killing more than 1,500 head of cattle and racking up an economic loss that could exceed $2 million, said state veterinarian Dustin Oedekoven. Producers are taking more precautions to keep the animals from overheating, including keeping them in the shade and sprinkling them with water, and Dr. Oedekoven advises feeding cattle at night to mitigate the effects of the heat produced as they eat.

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