Monsoons might be pouring water over eastern Arizona, but persistent drought conditions and heat are still having an affect on local crops and cattle.

Like humans, other mammals, like cattle, can exhibit behaviors like loss of appetite, loss of body weight, panting, sluggishness, difficulty breathing and even death if a cow’s body temperature starts to climb above approximately 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit because of exposure to hot temperatures and a lack of water, according to a study done by the University of Minnesota Extension in 2020.

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