10,000 Cattle Die in Kansas amid Food Shortage Crisis
Cattle killed in Midwest heatwave, adding more pressure to food supply
10,000 cattle have died in Kansas amid the recent heatwave, according to reports.
Kansas and much of the Midwest have been suffering from temperatures soaring over 100 degrees this week.
The news comes amid mounting pressure on America's food supply chain.
According to Democrat Joe Biden's Department of Agriculture (USDA), however, there are currently "no nationwide food shortages."
"There are currently no nationwide shortages of food, although in some cases the inventory of certain foods at your grocery store might be temporarily low before stores can restock,” USDA says on its website.
“Food production and manufacturing are widely dispersed throughout the U.S. and there are currently no widespread disruptions reported in the supply chain,” the agency adds.
As Neon Nettle has previously reported, at least 18 major fires have erupted at food industry facilities and plants over the past six months.
All of the fires have been officially listed as accidental or inconclusive.
Think Americana published an updated list of US-based food manufacturing plants that were damaged from 2021 to 2022 under the Biden administration.
There are 97 incidents on the list.
The current heat wave blazing through Kansas feedlots has killed an estimated 10,000 head of fat cattle, DTNPF reported.
Final death numbers continue to come in, but that early estimate was shared with DTN by livestock experts, who put the geographical center point for those deaths at Ulysses, Kansas.
DTN calls to feedlots in the area and to ranchers whose branded animals were seen in some privately shared photos of dead cattle were not immediately returned.
What is known is that leading up to these heartbreaking losses, temperatures in the area were over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, there was humidity, and there was little to no wind to help cool the animals.
Temperature readings reported for Ulysses began to exceed the 100-degree mark on June 11.
By June 13, the high temperature was reported at 104 degrees, with humidity levels ranging from 18% to 35%.
Temperature and humidity levels began to break some on June 14.
Just a few days prior to the heat setting in, highs had been in the 80s.
Corbitt Wall, a cattle analyst with National Beef Wire who works out of Amarillo, Texas, told DTN he heard from two non-media sources about the extent of the Kansas losses.
He noted there was frustration that despite such extensive losses, the futures market fell Monday.