Measures are being taken in Ohio and throughout the country to combat the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), and these measures will impact the stateâ€™s livestock auctions.
Effective immediately and until further notice, livestock auction facilities are limiting spectators at all auctions, per the CDC requirements regarding gatherings. At this point, livestock auctions across the state will continue to provide livestock marketing services during this time of uncertainty, but Farm Bureau is encouraging farmers to unload their livestock at the docks and then leave the auctions.
â€œWe understand these auctions are often utilized as a social gathering, but during this time, we recommend only active buyers attend the auctions,â€� said Roger High, Ohio Farm Bureau director of livestock. â€œBy implementing these changes, these auction facilities can still continue the livestock marketing processes while honoring the â€˜social distancingâ€™ mandates from public officials.â€�
These measures are being taken to protect farmers marketing livestock and their families, as well as the employees of the livestock auction facilities.… Continue reading