Are cattle drinking themselves to death?

The Week offers up an interesting Q-and-A on how the drought and intense heat gripping much of the United States is affecting agriculture. It seems many ranchers are reporting that some cattle are dying not from lack of water, but from drinking too much of it.

The complilation of news reports also points to the potential for rising meat prices because of the drought.

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Meanwhile, the Drovers Cattle Network reports that the drought is driving up commercial cow slaughter levels, which are expected to exceed last year’s high rate and numbers for the first half of the year. The Texas Tribune explores the story in Texas, where the drought is now considered the third-worst ever experienced in the state.