The extraordinarily hot and dry weather this summer is affecting New York’s dairy industry, even though farms here are better off than in some other parts of the country.
The heat and lack of rain are hurting crops that farmers feed to cows, and the hot weather makes the cows so uncomfortable they aren’t eating as much, causing them to produce less milk.
Dairy experts estimate that production is off anywhere from 3 percent to as much as 15 percent. When that drop is combined with rising costs caused by parched feed crops, it could mean consumer prices for milk and other dairy products will go up.
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