Say What?!: Stressed Italian Cows Get Air-Conditioned Sheds to Combat Heatwave

MILAN, Italy – Italian farmers are installing showers and air conditioning in cowsheds and pigsties to allow the animals to freshen up in the baking summer heat, an agriculture group said on Thursday.

Farm animals in Italy — particularly in the muggy agricultural heartland around the Po river near Milan — are under stress as the mercury approaches 40 degrees Celsius (104°F) in the hottest July for more than a decade.

“The situation is worrying, particularly in the Po Valley which has the highest concentration of barns that have been kitted out with fans, small showers and air conditioners to cool down cows and pigs,” farming group Coldiretti said.

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