Puerto Rico continues to suffer in the wake of Hurricane Maria. With delayed government relief aid and efforts, citizens and volunteers have taken it upon themselves to restore the island. Veterinarian and cattle care specialist Manuel Perez had to bury 70 of his herd of 670 and is still attempting to locate a number of missing cows, goats, and heifers; the remaining cows need to be milked and cared for in order to maintain their ability to produce milk on a regular basis. Dairy farming was Puerto Rico’s leading agricultural industry and farmers are scrambling to reestablish their trade, doing whatever it takes (including hooking up milking machines to a generator) to keep their cows healthy and see that Puerto Rico’s dairy industry doesn’t disappear.
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