Even MTSU's Sheltered Dairy Cows Feel Effects Of Heat

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The lingering drought is starting to have an effect on dairy cows.

Middle Tennessee State University Director of Farm Laboratories Tim Redd told the Daily News Journal that high temperatures and lack of rain mean the cows won’t produce as much milk.

“The heat does cause a drop in milk production,” Redd said. “The heat drops their dry matter intake. It’s like anybody, or any animal. The heat puts stress on them. Milk production will be down 20 percent with the heat.”

And he says it’s not just the school that’s suffering.

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