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County fairs having a hard time keeping cattle cool in heat

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AUGUSTA, Ill. (WGEM) -

It's not just people who are wanting to beat this heat, hundreds of animals at the Hancock County Fair are trying to stay cool. Now temperatures are prompting handlers to take extra precautions.

A fan means much needed relief for cattle baring the heat at the fair.

"It helps keep the air cool and it helps keep the rotation of the air moving," said handler Lauren Glick.

Glick is showing off 2 of her cattle Friday and says most of her time has been spent trying to keep her livestock cool.

"We wash them probably twice a day and we keep watering them throughout the day,"said Glick. "You want to make sure you're watching them to make sure they don't get overheated."

Meanwhile, the sound of fans are almost deafening at the sheep barn, with more than 200 sheep trying to beat the heat.

"We have some of the more high powered fans," said sheep superintendent Constance Roberts. "They're able to cool more than just a couple sheep at a time."

Along with air circulation, Roberts says water is also important. Whether that be soaking them down with it or giving it to them to drink.

"We keep their water buckets full and keep fresh water to them. We change their water buckets about every hour," said Roberts.

The worst may be yet to come with temperatures expected to get even hotter Friday. That means more water and closer attention for the farm animals.

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