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Suggestions on keeping livestock cool in the heat

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WILLMAR -- The summer of 2012 is turning out to be one of the hottest on record--and we're still in the month of July. The combination of high temperatures, high humidity and days with little or no breeze has made it not only uncomfortable for livestock, but even deadly.

During an extended period of high temperatures, weight gains are often reduced, milk production will typically decline in dairy cows, and mortality rates may increase -- even dramatically in the case of poultry.

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