The high heat and humidity in the middle of the U.S. and part of the southwest today directly impacts cattle country. The USDA/NOAA forecast map shows Kansas, Oklahoma and most of Texas and neighboring states at the “emergency” level for heat stress in cattle. Parts of southern California and Arizona are also at the emergency level. The next level down, the “danger” level, covers most of the Eastern U.S. The heat wave is expected to remain in Texas, Arizona and Southern California after it reaches its peak in most other areas today and will then diminish.
Cattle feeders are reminded to work cattle early or in the evening during these conditions.