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Cattle deaths from heat mounting in Iowa

Owners urged to provide extra water, sprinklers until heat subsides

A herd of cattle owned by Amana Farms is moved from one pasture to another across Highway 151 Monday, Sept. 20, 2010 in
A herd of cattle owned by Amana Farms is moved from one pasture to another across Highway 151 Monday, Sept. 20, 2010 in Amana. (Brian Ray/The Gazette)

Reports of cattle deaths from the five-day heat wave are trickling in across the state, according to the Iowa Cattlemen's Association.

"In some cases, producers have reported just one or two cattle dying, but reporters of larger losses are starting to trickle in," association Communications Director Dal Grooms said in prepared remarks.

The association urged its members to continue working on strategies such as extra water and sprinkling systems to reduce cattle deaths until the heat subsides. After the heat wave has passed, the group said it's important to report cattle losses to the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) at their local Farm Services Agency office.

The program provides 30 days to file a notice of loss report after the death so that they can be included if they qualify, Grooms said. Additional cattle deaths can be reported later if livestock continue to succumb to the same weather conditions.

The losses should be documented with materials such as rendering truck receipts, photographs and verifications from veterinarians, extension personnel, or insurance adjusters. The approximate weight the cattle that have died should also be reported.

Measures taken to protect cattle should also be recorded, according to the association. It recommends taking photographs of sprinkler systems, pens and shade used to protect cattle from heat.The LIP provides benefits to producers from unusually high livestock deaths due to adverse weather. The program will provide coverage for up to 75 percent of the animal's value.

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