Hot Weather Affecting Dairy Farmers

July 18, 2009 6:58:39 PM PDT
The extremely hot weather is adding to the burdens already felt by dairy farmers.In Merced County, dairy farmers said they're losing about a gallon a day from every cow. That means they're losing more than 10 percent of their milk every day.

Rocky Dejager, Dairy Farmer said, "You gotta really use the soakers to keep the cows cool. It's tough on them, but we keep them shaded, keep the beds good for them and try to keep them as cool as we can to keep them going."

Dairy farmers say there's already an oversupply of milk, so the market can handle the decrease. But less milk means less money for each individual farmer and in the last year, five dairies went out of business in Merced County.

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