More than 20,000 dairy cows died during the triple-digit heat wave that hit California in July.

Preliminary damage assessments filed by eight counties in the San Joaquin Valley put the death loss at 20,552 dairy cows — an estimated value of more than $48 million. In addition, calf death losses, in five of the eight counties that filed assessments, totaled 10,738 head — an estimated value of more than $4 million.

Milk-production losses are estimated at $228.6 million for 2006. For more from Western United Dairymen, go to: http://www.westernuniteddairymen.com/html/News/contactcongress.htm

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