Cooling off the herd

By Jillian Marshall

July 16, 2013 Updated Jul 16, 2013 at 11:31 PM EST

Greene, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Woodview Farm keeps the future of the region's dairy products cool in the hot temperatures.

Nearly 300 cows live on the Woodview Farm in Smithville Flats. All four sides are open to the barn.

Owner Joe Warren says there are usually two side fans to cool the area, but this week they had to install two more to help keep the temperature down. It's a move that saves his cow's lives and his livelihood.

"When it's really hot and they start panting, you have to hose them down. They could die," Warren said.

Warren and his family have taken additional steps to help keep the cows cool. They go through nearly 3,000 gallons of water a day, and they mix propionic acid into the cow's feed to help keep their food from getting too hot.

These dairy cows need the extra pampering. They produce almost one ton of milk a day, which is shipped off to dairy manufacturers across the region, including to Chobani.

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