The intense heat and humidity that blanketed central Kansas last month killed more than 2,000 cattle. “It is all cattle in feedlots. It is more the humidity than the heat,” Ken Powell, environmental scientist with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, said July 20. The cattle deaths have overwhelmed rendering plants and some feedlots were burying the carcasses in accordance with state regulations, said Powell. “From the the standpoint of dealing with the disposal of animals, this is the worst I have seen in the almost 17 years I’ve been here,” he said.