Dairy Production

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When the termperatures are as high as they were today that means milk production is going to be low. Dairy cows don't produce as much milk when it's hot. Western dairy manager, John Tako, says once the temperatures hits eighty degrees the cows will start the feel stress of the heat.

Dairy farmers say cows need cool temperatures to produce milk because their bodies have unique digestive systems that create a lot of heat internally. Some farmers are losing ten to twenty pounds of milk a day. In order to help the cows stay cool farmers are keeping them in open-ended barns with sprinklers and have fans running. Farmers say the problem is that they have to pay more money in electricity and water bills and do not make much profit.