Producers who synchronize and artificially inseminate replacement heifers or cows have already begun the process. If hot weather arrives during the AI season, some management and breeding alterations may be helpful.
USDA's APHIS is establishing a National Incident Coordination Center to provide direct support to producers whose animals cannot move to market as a result of processing plant closures due to COVID-19.
Veterinary practices interested in taking advantage of the new Paycheck Protection Program or other disaster-related loans should move quickly and urgently, working with a lender to get applications completed.
Cargill is temporarily closing its High River, Alberta, beef plant due to an outbreak of COVID-19 at the facility. Meanwhile, the company says it has re-opened its processing facility in Hazleton, Pennsylvania.
People versus business is a false choice. We have to save the people in order to save the economy. The idea of sacrificing a few for the good of the many has a strange parallel which should be familiar to farmers.