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Byline: Carrie J. Sidener
Aug. 2--Black cows huddled under the trees and waded into the water of the ponds on Carl Bradley's farm Tuesday, trying to beat the extreme summer temperatures.
Instead of grazing, the cows won't come out until late afternoon when the sun relents, meaning they aren't growing fatter in preparation for the slaughterhouse.
Carl Bradley isn't lucky enough to be able to lay in the shade. He's got fences to mend, tractors to repair, hay to cut and about 500 cows to look after on his 1,500-acre farm near Brookneal.
"I don't do too well when it gets hot," he said. "The air conditioner in the tractor cab helps this old man. I try to find …