Cattle prices on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange reached two-month highs Monday following report of extreme heat in Kansas feedlots. Cattle eat less and gain less weight in hot weather, and Reuters reported that 100 F (38 C) temperatures and stifling humidity has caused more than 1,000 cattle deaths in Kansas the past few days.
Innovative Livestock Services reported about 1,000 deaths in its three Kansas feedyards. Another near Dodge City reported about 150 head lost to the heat.
The extreme heat is expected to last until Friday.