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Given that there may be a rush to get cull cows to market, there are some key factors to animal well-being that need to be taken into consideration. This is especially true if cows will have to be transported longer distances to get to a processing facility.
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USDA-NYS Livestock Auction Reports
Checklist for Fitness for Transport
Recovery may be a silver lining for direct marketers.
Recognize that consumers are likely to rethink their eating habits after COVID-19: Among consumers in 11 Asian markets, only Japanese consumers said they were less likely to change their eating habits in an exclusive Nielsen survey. In China, for example, Nielsen found that 86% said they would eat at home more often than before the outbreak, tracking closely with consumers in Hong Kong (77%), South Korea, Malaysia and Vietnam (all 62%). High demand for more takeaway and home delivery of food also was noted in Hong Kong, South Korea and Thailand, representing the “on-the-go” lifestyles and convenience value these options provide. For retailers, the post-coronavirus challenge will be managing supply levels and surges in demand as new habits evolve.
What we know as of 3/30/2020
What can you do as farmers?
Impact of processing plant closures.
A study conducted at Cornell University showed that feeding cows for 70 days, treating with hormone and fed Opraflex increased weight and carcass quality thereby increasing return.
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I need to update that JBS in Souderton is officially closed for this week, not two as I earlier stated. At the end of the week they will reassess the situation.
Two new articles on Managing Financial Stress and Managing Personal Stress can be found at http://blogs.cornell.edu/beefcattle/covid-19/.
The JBS processing facility in Souderton, PA will close at end of business today, due to confirmation of 2 COVID-19 cases. Situation will be reassessed in two weeks.
Cargill in Wyalusing is still buying cattle but only cull cows and bulls, no fat cattle.
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