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Water kills drought-stricken cattle

Attempts to move cattle to less barren locations backfire as Tx drought continues

AMARILLO, TX (UPI) | July 17, 2011

Cattle in Texas are dying because of the ongoing drought, but not from a lack of water -- in fact, just the opposite, authorities say.

As the drought lingers, cattle producers have moved their herds from pastures where water tanks have gone dry to new pastures with healthier water supplies where the cattle have been gorging themselves on too much water and dying within minutes of water intoxication, AccuWeather.com reported.

"They overdrink because they're thirsty," said Dr. Robert Sprowls of the Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory in Amarillo. "Once they fill up on water it happens pretty quickly."

Meteorologists say they foresee no signs of relief from 100-degree heat and drought conditions in Texas and the southern Plains any time soon.

"It appears the high pressure system responsible for the long-lasting heat wave and drought will stay close to Texas through at least the end of July," AccuWeather meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said.

It's going to take a significant change in the weather pattern or a major tropical system to break the drought, he said.

"Right now there is nothing in the cards along those lines, but at least we still have the bulk of the tropical storm season ahead of us."

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