Farmers said this ongoing heat is hard on their farm animals, causing cows to produce less milk among other problems.
Broken Arrow farmer Donald Hansen runs a cattle farm. He said his cows are not grazing much on the dried-out grass, meaning they are not gaining much weight. He said this could be detrimental for business. He said they eat earlier in the morning and reside in the shade for most of the afternoon.
Hansen said his chickens are producing half as much eggs as would in cooler temperatures. He said they usually produce four dozen eggs a day. Currently, they produce about two.
Hansen attributes the change in behavior to stress from the heat. It toys with the animals' appetite. He said it is important for farmers to provide their animals with ample shade and access to water.
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