Higher prices for grains, next, for cattle. Heat Wave Taking A Toll On Midwest Cattle Farmers - MyStateLine.com Some cattle farmers are taking on huge losses as record heat keeps a grip over much of the U.S. Hundreds of cattle have died across the nation's midsection. Farmers say they're having a hard time keeping the animals cool. One farmer in South Dakota has lost nearly a million-dollars and close to half of his herd. Record heat has been blamed for the deaths of one-thousand cattle in Minnesota. Farmers may be eligible for federal aid to help cover the loss. Cattle deaths reported from extreme heat We know in South Dakota theyve had 1,000 to 1,500 cattle lost to this heat, Grooms said. It looks like (the hot weather) is going to continue for a couple more days, so we really want people to focus on what they can do to keep those animals alive through this sort of situation. Farmers can be reimbursed for animals lost in severe weather, including losses due to heat. Heat wave is especially hard on Nebraska’s cattle herds Heat wave is especially hard on Nebraskas cattle herds July 21, 2011 By Matt Kelley This weeks extreme heat has killed hundreds of cattle in South Dakota, but as yet, no figures are being released about cattle deaths in Nebraska, where beef is a $10-billion a year industry. While temps today are a little cooler, the forecast still calls for steamy days ahead. Cattle producer Dal Grooms says cows have an especially difficult time dealing with high temperatures, heavy humidity and a lack of wind. Cattle dont really sweat like some livestock do, they rely completely on respiration, Grooms explained. If youve walked outside, you know its really hard to breathe. Well, its really, really hard to breathe for those cattle.