Gallery: New York Dairy Cows Can’t Produce Milk Because of Heat Wave St...

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Last week’s heat wave was pretty unbearable, but imagine being 1,500 pounds, covered in a fur coat, and not even able to sweat. Welcome to the life of New York’s dairy cows. Farmers in upstate New York have reported a drop in cows’ milk production by nearly a third, due to the heat wave. Unsurprisingly, cows don’t like hot weather, and since they can’t sweat, the animals eat and drink less, become lethargic, and milk production drops. This heat wave was just a taste of what’s in our future, and the ramifications on our weather, food system, livestock, and health raise interesting questions.

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