Albert De Vries stands next to dairy cow Credit: UF/IFAS file.

N&H TOPLINE: Failure to cool dry dairy cows could cost $810m annually

Many dairy producers do provide cooling to dry dairy cows, but ignoring heat stress in dry cows could lower milk production and reduce the performance of offspring.

If dairy farmers in the U.S. do not cool their non-lactating dairy cows, they stand to lose a collective $810 million a year, a significant blow to their financial well-being, a new University of Florida Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) study shows.

These dry cows do not produce milk because they’re in the last two months of their nine-month pregnancy. Farmers stop milking cows during those two months, and the cow responds by going dry — no longer produc

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