San Joaquin County dairy farmer Hank Van Exel checks on the mist that helps to cool his cows. Despite providing shade and using fans and misters to relieve their cows, California dairy farmers say they expect to lose some milk production due to triple-digit temperatures in recent weeks.
Photo/Ching Lee
During hot summer months, most California dairies employ fans, above, and misters, to keep their animals cool. The systems typically operate on timers and are set to kick on when temperatures reach a certain level.
Photo/Ching Lee
Misters, keep their animals cool. The systems typically operate on timers and are set to kick on when temperatures reach a certain level.
Photo/Ching Lee
Dairy farmers work to help cows stay cool
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