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Minn. Heat Waves Causes Farm Animal Deaths

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WINONA, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota officials estimate more than 105,000 turkeys and up to 1,500 cattle were lost due to the recent heat wave.

The Winona Daily News reports both dairy and beef cattle can be worth up to $2,000 each. Also farmers who avoided losing animals still had decreased production created by the high temperatures.

Minnesota Turkey Growers Association Executive Director Steve Olson says the 105,000 turkeys lost equals an economic hit of somewhere between $1.1 and $1.6 million.

There is relief for owners who lost cattle, through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s livestock indemnity program.

Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association Executive Director Joe Martin recommended farmers immediately document their losses and contact their local Farm Service Agency office.

The heat wave started July 16 and left the area Thursday evening.

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