Footage has emerged showing thousands of cows laying dead under the Kansas sun amid a heat wave in the US.
A spokesperson for the Kansas Livestock Association said heat stress killed the cattle as temperatures and humidity spiked over the weekend and cooling winds disappeared.
The deaths are thought to have occurred in Ulysses, though MailOnline could not independently confirm where the video was taken.
The footage shows row upon row of dead cows laying on their backs with a passerby seemingly recording the video and uploading it to TikTok.
Footage shows scenes of overturned cows lying in row upon row
Temperature readings reported for Ulysses began to exceed the 100-degree mark on June 11
The state said extreme heat and humidity killed thousands of cattle in Kansas in recent days, with sizzling temperatures continuing to threaten livestock.
Temperature readings reported for Ulysses began to exceed the 100-degree mark on June 11.
Temperatures reached 108 degrees Fahrenheit in northwest Kansas by Monday, said Drew Lerner, president of World Weather Inc.
During the past month, the national drought tracker released two warning that the northwestern and north-central regions of Kansas face drought conditions.
The deaths add pain to the US cattle industry as producers have reduced herds due to drought and grappled with feed costs that climbed as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine tightened global grain supplies.
‘Food prices has already risen and it’s just up from here,’ said TikTok user Antonio Woodson.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment knew of at least 2,000 cattle deaths due to high temperatures and humidity as of Tuesday, spokesperson Matthew Lara said.
But Iowa Corn, quoting two non-media livestock experts, reported that up to 10,000 cattle could have been killed in the heat wave.
The heat dome lies from Phoenix, Arizona, to the Carolinas and from as south as Texas to as north as Minnesota
Tuesday’s forecast places the heat dome across much of the nation, with areas of the Carolinas, Arizona New Mexico, Texas, Illinois, Kansas and Kentucky set to experience 100F or more
Kansas is the third largest US cattle state behind Texas and Nebraska, with more than 2.4million cattle in feedlots.
‘Heat stress doesn’t happen all at one time. Cattle accumulate heat during the day, and then over the nighttime hours, it takes four to six hours for them to dissipate that heat’, said veterinarian AJ Tarpoff, who works with Kansas State University Extension.
‘As long as we have a cooling effect at night, cattle can mostly handle the heat. Where we run into issues is where we have two to four days in a row of minimal nighttime cooling, and we start the day with the heat load we accumulated the day before still there.’
The cows could not acclimate to the sudden change, said Scarlett Hagins, spokesperson for the Kansas Livestock Association.
The state advised ranchers to provide cattle with extra water and check their health.
Parts of western Kansas and the Texas are expected to reach 110 degrees over the coming weekend, though stronger winds and lower humidity levels should help minimize cattle deaths.
The heat dome has expanded up north will settle in the states as the heat wave continues
Current models show that the heatwave will start to move back west by the end of next week, although central Texans will get no respite as temperatures will stay close to 100F all week in the area.
According to The Weather Channel, Phoenix will experience another day of 114F temperatures on Thursday. The city hit that record equaling number already on Sunday.
The National Weather Service said that Los Angels County will see ‘potentially dangerous’ temperatures in the area again by Thursday. Over the weekend, LA County saw temperatures of 100F in some inland areas.
On Thursday, weather in Phoenix could reach 113F, just nine degrees cooler than the hottest temperature recorded in the area – 122Fin 1990, according to AZ Family.
Heat is part of the normal routine of summertime in the desert, but weather forecasters say that doesn’t mean people should feel at ease.
Excessive heat causes more deaths in the US than other weather-related disasters, including hurricanes, floods and tornadoes combined.
Meteorologists advise people in these affected areas to drink more water than usual during peak hours of the heat, wherever they may be.
Wearing protection, including hats, sunscreen and sunglasses, is also advised. It’s not recommended to wear dark clothes as black clothing often transmits heat to the skin, making a person hotter.
Scientists say more frequent and intense heat waves are likely in the future because of climate change and a deepening drought.
More than 100 million Americans are under heat warnings. Pictured: Zach Ward of South Bend, Indiana, wipes sweat off his face using his shirt while building a fence. He said he is drinking a gallon of water to stay hydrated
In Chicago, parents and kids are cooling off the Crown Fountain children’s park in Michigan Avenue, pictured
The heat advisory in Chicago is expected to continue as the city temperatures hit 100F
Emese Kovacs Taylor is pictured playing with her 5-year-old daughter, Aliz, in the park on Tuesday
The news comes amid freak weather disrupting the rest of the United States.
About 44,000 have been left without power after a tornado hit during Monday’s afternoon rush hour, bringing 80mph winds and powerful storms throughout the area that knocked the lights out for residents in Chicago, Maywood, Broadview, Westchester, and other neighborhoods, NBC reported.
It forced many to take shelter in their basements, local malls and open businesses on the street to avoid the chaos, all while the storm clouds head eastward, sending thunderstorm warnings to Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Among the hardest hit areas in Chicago was its Bellwood suburb, where Mayor Andre Harvey said at least 18 families have been displaced and two people were taken to the hospital for minor injuries.
The Brookfield Zoo announced it was opening late on Tuesday, with some areas completely closed off, as it cleans up damage caused by the storm.
Chicago’s Department Of Buildings Commissioner Matt Beaudet warned residents to stay inside cool buildings during the major heat and to regularly check up on elderly neighbors and family members, who are among the most vulnerable during extreme heat.
Pictured: the storm cells hovering over Chicago as the tornado was set to barrel down on the Windy City
The storm darkened Chicago as thunderclouds formed quickly. Pictured, Wrigley Field closed as the storm hits
The tornado came with powerful thunderstorms that are expected to hit the East coast in the coming days