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New York returns to No. 3 dairy spot

Nutrition advances aid production

Chuck Curtiss milks cows at Willow Marsh Farm in Ballston in September.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
Chuck Curtiss milks cows at Willow Marsh Farm in Ballston in September.
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Dairy cows across upstate New York are treated a lot like professional athletes, according to the state Farm Bureau. “Farmers work with veterinarians to fine-tune nutrition,” spokesman Steve Ammerman said. “They monitor all aspects of the cow’s health to keep it operating at the highest possible level.” Unlike professional athletes, fine-tuned cows don’t run faster or hit balls farther than the average cow. They just produce more milk. Improvements made in upstate cow nutrition over ...

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