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Italy’s Cows Produce Less Milk Even With Cooling Fans, Showers

July 30, 2012

Italian dairy cattle are producing 10 percent less milk because of a heat wave, even as farmers take steps to cool the animals including showers and fans, Coldiretti said.

Corn, tomato, beet and sunflower crops have been damaged across the country and some areas have received no rain for months, the Rome-based agricultural union said in an e-mailed statement today.

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