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Weather may affect milk production

Monday, January 12, 2009

Much like humans, cows don't want to work when the weather is bad
Much like humans, cows don't want to work when the weather is bad

Many people in cold stricken parts of the country are finding it hard to get up and go to work when the weather dips and it would appear that cows are no different.

According to Northwest Public Radio, farmers in states like Washington, which have gotten their share of snow and cold this winter, are reporting that cows are producing less milk due to the weather conditions.

Jay Gordon, a dairy farmer in Washington, told the network that he was forced to move his cows to higher ground after 14 feet of water flooded some of his pasture. Now, with his cows out in the elements, Gordon says he fears seeing a drop in milk production.

"You know your dog isn’t happy when it’s soaking wet. And cows are just like a big wet dog," Jay Gordon, a dairy farmer and head of the Washington Dairy Federation told the news provider. "They are just a little grumpy and don’t want to give you as much milk. They’ll eat less and they like a nice warm bed just like we do."

Last week some 30,000 residents of western Washington were forced to evacuate after melting snow and rain flooded areas.ADNFCR-2034-ID-18969198-ADNFCR

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