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Climate Change, Heat Stress, and U.S. Dairy Production

by Nigel Key, Stacy Sneeringer, and David Marquardt

Economic Research Report No. (ERR-175) 45 pp, September 2014

cover image ERR175 In the United States, climate change is likely to increase average daily temperatures and the frequency of heat waves. Dairy cows are particularly sensitive to heat stress, and the dairy sector has been estimated to bear over half of the costs of current heat stress to the livestock industry. Greater heat stress may lower U.S. milk production 0.6-1.3 percent by 2030.

Keywords: Climate change, dairy, heat stress, productivity, stochastic frontier, technical efficiency

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Last updated: Wednesday, October 01, 2014

For more information contact: Nigel Key, Stacy Sneeringer, and David Marquardt