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Cool cows produce more milk, reproduce faster

Growing Georgia published an article today which discusses the adverse impacts of heat on dairy cattle.  In particular, the article points out that heat-stressed cows produce less milk and also suffer reduced fertility.  Some steps that farmers can take to keep their cows happy include providing adequate water, sprinkling to improve cooling, ventilating and providing plenty of clean, dry bedding.  You can read the article by clicking here.  This summer the cooler conditions in the east have helped dairy production there, while the excessive heat in the West, particularly in California, has negatively impacted production there, although farmers are working hard to keep their cows comfortable.