North Country farm works to keep cows cool

WCAX talks with Todd Giroux
Published: Aug. 12, 2021 at 6:33 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 12, 2021 at 7:36 AM EDT
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BEEKMANTOWN, N.Y. (WCAX) - This late summer heat is sticking around for another few days, and it’s causing dairy farmers in New York’s North Country to get a little creative.

New York dairy officials tell us they have to use water, wind, and sand to keep their cows cool. Some use elevated lawn sprinklers that automatically activate when the barn reaches a certain temperature.

Todd Giroux, the owner of Giroux Family Farms in Beekmantown, says they use 15 large fans that move warm air away from the cows while also circulating in the fresh air. “The cows make a lot of heat themselves, so when it comes, it gets hot, it’s twice as bad. First, generally, they won’t eat as much, which in turn leads to less milk production. And when your paycheck depends on milk production, it’s kinda hard when it gets that hot out and can’t make the milk you’d like,” said Giroux.

Giroux says they milk about 70 to 75 cows.

Click the video above to see our full interview.

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