Cows in Puerto Rico are stressed, give less milk


Puerto Rican cows, unhappy and stressed by higher than normal temperatures, are not producing enough milk. As a result, for the first time in a decade, fresh milk is being imported from the United States. Agriculture secretary Javier Rivera announced that about 1 million liters (260,000 gallons) of milk have been shipped from Florida since early October.

Puerto Rico has been experiencing higher temperatures than normal even as winter approaches, but Rivera said he expects cooler days to come. Part of the problem also lies with farmers who have not rotated cows — allowing a certain portion to rest — to maintain optimum production, he said.

Luis Cordero, spokesman for the farmers’ association milk sector, said they began monitoring the situation in August and noted a significant output drop in October. Farmers produced more than 12 million liters (3.1 million gallons) of milk every two weeks in May, but were down to 9.5 million liters (2.5 million gallons) in October. Local demand averages some 10 million liters (2.6 million gallons), according to industry figures.

The original Associated Press report can be found at

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