Area ranchers try their best to keep herds coolArgusville, ND (WDAY TV) - This hot, humid weather makes us all crave the coolness of air conditioning, but what if that wasn't an option. If all day, morning, noon and night was spent outside. It's no wonder some North Dakota ranchers are losing their cattle.
This hot, humid weather makes us all crave the coolness of air conditioning, but what if that wasn't an option. If all day, morning, noon and night was spent outside. It's no wonder some North Dakota ranchers are losing their cattle. So what are ranchers doing to prevent more of this from happening.
It's an unusual stretch of weather, one many ranchers in North Dakota are not prepared for. So with cattle already lost in other parts of the state, local ranchers are hoping for an immediate cool down.
Carl Olson – Olson Hereford Ranch: “You worry, you definitely worry, we just aren't use to this kind of stuff.”
A heat wave like this is so rare Olson says it just isn't financially feasible to build the same shelters that ranchers in the southern midwest have to keep cattle cool. But at $3,500 a head, he's doing everything he can to keep them cool.
Olson: “They have more surface area than we do, so this heat affects them that much more. We spray them down for flies, do our best watch over them, but a lot of times it's just up to them to fight through it.”
With heat indexes well into the 100's the past few days, a rancher in Berlin lost 60 head of cattle.
Olson: “Really the number one thing is to keep them hydrated. Clean water, cool water. Just like humans, water, water, water in heat like this.”
In this miserable weather, cattle often times huddle in the shade, and use the mud to stay cool. Elsewhere on Olson's ranch, cattle use the wind to fight off the heat.
Olson: “Unfortunately in heat like this it's really up to them, we gotta trust they're gonna do what they have to to stay cool.”
Olson said he was going to sell some of his cattle today, due to the heat, the Stockyards in West Fargo were closed.