State grants aid to Kansas cattle ranchers
TOPEKA, KAN. – In response to thousands of cattle deaths from a recent heat wave, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly announced new resources and actions to help cattle producers.
The heat wave swept through southwest Kansas beginning Saturday, June 11, killing more than 2,000 cattle.
“I have directed state agencies to do everything in their power to assist Kansas cattle ranchers who have lost livestock due to heat stress,” Kelly said. “From expediting burial permits to reaching out to cattle ranchers across the state, my administration is working to mitigate the impact of last weekend’s losses on Kansas’ farming community. .”
Federal resources are available to provide financial assistance. Affected livestock feeders are also eligible for United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) indemnities, which are paid to compensate for the loss or destruction of certain animals and crops. Death insurance can also cover some of the losses.
“We are working as quickly as possible to help facilities dispose of carcasses safely and to meet the needs of affected ranchers,” said Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Janet Stanek. “Over the past week, our staff have been processing burial permits and working with landfills to ensure carcasses are disposed of properly.”
Kansas beef cattle contribute nearly $13 billion annually to the state’s economy, and Kansas has exported more than $1.7 billion worth of fresh, chilled and frozen beef to countries around the world. entire last year.
Kansas Agriculture Secretary Mike Beam said the losses will not derail beef supplies.
“Last weekend’s losses reflect a very small percentage of the total number of fed cattle in the state, so it won’t impact meat prices for consumers,” Beam said. “Either way, this rare event will hit the feeders who owned the cattle pretty hard. We reached out to contacts in southwestern Kansas to offer our help and support.
“This was an unusual and unfortunate event,” said Matt Teagarden, chief executive of the Kansas Livestock Association. “Livestock feeders work continuously to mitigate all weather events, whether it is excessive heat, snow or wind, and their goal is always to ensure that their livestock are healthy so that they can provide a good product for their families and consumers. We appreciate the quick response from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to remedy this situation.