Water Shortage Hits Illinois Livestock Producers

Some animals are dying of heat stress

Thursday, Jul 26, 2012  |  Updated 7:04 PM CDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
How Chicago Beats The Heat

Richard Ross

Photos and Videos
More Photos and Videos

Livestock producers from across Illinois are reporting that they are suffering water shortages for their herds.

Menard County livestock producer Cimeron Frost told The State Journal-Register in Springfield his family operation spends $60 a day to haul water.

Frost also works at the Illinois Beef Association in Springfield and said he's hearing similar stories from elsewhere in the state. He said "things have just flat dried up'' in the central Illinois county.

Meanwhile three older animals died from heat stress last week at The Fairview Sale Barn, a livestock auction west of Peoria. Auction representative Bob Fidler says they spray the animals with water to cool them down but "sometimes the older cows just give up.''

A new federal report shows the drought in Illinois is rapidly intensifying.
 

Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
What's New
Get Our Weather App
Stay ahead of the storm with the NBC... Read more
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out