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Stressed cows give less milk, force imports

October 28, 2009

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— The heat seems to be getting to the cows on this U.S. Caribbean territory.

For the first time in a decade, officials are importing fresh milk from the United States, saying high temperatures have stressed the island’s cows and production has dropped, agriculture secretary Javier Rivera said Tuesday.

About 260,000 gallons of milk have been shipped from Florida since early October, said Rivera, who assured consumers that prices have remained the same.

Puerto Rico has been experiencing higher temperatures than normal even as winter approaches, but Rivera said he expects cooler days to come.

Part of the problem also lies with farmers who have not rotated cows — allowing a certain portion to rest — to maintain optimum production, he said.

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