Minn. Heat Waves Causes Farm Animal Deaths

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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  • Shannon

    Emergency air conditioning capabilities for animal housing doesn’t seem like such a useless expense now, does it?

    • marie

      Wow quite obvious you never worked a farm, should have thought this one out a little more.

    • Sarah in Outstate MN

      Have you ever stepped foot outside of the concrete of Minneapolis and realized that farms are sometimes 1800 acres or even larger? How do you air condition that?

  • Adam

    There is no way to make it affordable when the animals are scattered across hundreds of miles….good idea though.

  • kenny

    i seen truck on I-90 with turkeys stacked so tightly together they were trying to stand on each others backs, near austin, mn. temp 97 degrees, sickening to see this sort of thing in heat like this , we need laws against this sort of cruelty, makes you wanna buy from small humane operations though, i know i am going to change to that.

    • Justin

      if the turkeys are alive when they arrive to be butchered- that’s all they care about.
      I do think people get a little over-worked up about calling operations animal cruelty and in-humane. the film ‘food inc’ puts a terrible perspective on farm productions. all to manipulate people who are uneducated. it’s annoying. Turkeys are USED TO LIVING IN 85+ DEGREE WEATHER. calm down dude.
      and as far as animals on top of each other on trucks- that has been the situation for DECADES. that’s what they do. they save room so they make less trips to the farm. it’s no different than if you’re moving from one house to another, cramming everything possible you can so you make less trips. and the animals are fine people.

    • Sarah in Outstate MN

      They’re probably being sent to Marshall to be slaughtered *before* they die of the heat.They’re going to die either way.

  • awblnew

    Way to go-everyone wants to have CHEAP food! Mass animal production operations, where the animals are literally stacked on top of one another, are responsible for this, as are the consumers who demand ever cheaper food. Perhaps if 1) food production operations were more humane and smaller, and 2) there was actually enough oversight and regulation, food would cost closer to it’s value. And there would be less food-borne illness and obesity in America. But that’s just what everyone but the producers and market place have been saying for decades -why would things change now that business has a grasp on everything from our government to our healthcare to our food supply?

    • Justin

      have fun paying $2000 a month on groceries if everything you just said was law

  • jan

    I couldn’t have said it better. I agree 100%,

    • jan

      Sorry, I’m a moolie. I meant this for another page.

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