According to an article in the Modesto Bee, preliminary estimates from nearly two weeks of extreme heat put losses for California dairy producers at more than $1 billion.

That tally includes losses from dead cattle and lost milk production. Milk production losses reported have ranged from 10 percent to 20 percent. And cow deaths are estimated to be about 2 percent of the state’s dairy herd.

The poultry industry was hard hit also. About 700,000 chickens and 160,000 turkeys were lost during the heat wave. In addition tomato and peach producers say the heat has had negative effects on their products, too.

To read the complete article, go to: http://www.modbee.com/ag/story/12517923p-13232304c.html

Modesto Bee