COVID-19 Livestock News

Published on April 08, 2020

COVID-19 Livestock News

We are putting information in one location as a resource in regards to COVID-19, livestock, farming and ranching.   


Economic Injury Disaster Loans for Farmers, Ranchers, and Ag Businesses

The Small Business Administration is now accepting new Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) applications by agricultural businesses only. The EIDL Program can provide up to $2 million of financial assistance to eligible businesses and private, non-profit organizations that suffer substantial economic injury as a result of a declared disaster. It provides relief from economic injury caused directly by the disaster and permits a successful applicant to maintain a reasonable working capital position during the period affected by the disaster. EIDLs do not replace lost sales or revenue.  You can read the full article on Economic Injury Disaster Loans for Farmers, Ranchers, and Ag Businesses.


Colorado State University Extension COVID-19 Resource Page

A Colorado State University COVID-19 resource page has been created.  The resource areas identified include: Food & Food Safety, Home with Children, Finances, Nutrition & Wellbeing, Farmers, Horses/Livestock, Disinfecting, Community, and Older Adults.  Check out all of the resources at Colorado State University COVID-19.


Keeping Pets Safe During the Pandemic

Learn how to keep your pets safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Please visit American Veterinary Medical Association: Animals and COVID-19 for more information.


Preparing for Supply Chain Disruption due to COVID-19

Supply chain disruptions pose significant threats to businesses of any size, particularly agriculture related businesses involved with live animal production and those that solely provide for a family. Disruptions also pose great risks to restaurants and food service industries. Risks can arise from any sources, including natural disasters, political actions, and more recently, the viral outbreak of COVID-19 causing chaos across the world.  You can read the full article on Preparing for Supply Chain Disruption due to COVID-19.


High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health and Safety

Agricultural businesses are part of the Nation's critical and essential infrastructure -- keeping the country fed and clothed during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis. During this time, it's important to take proper precautions and prevent the spread of the virus on your farm or ranch to protect you, your family, and your employees.

HICAHS has pulled together resources from across the region to help you manage your business, your health, and your stress during these challenging times. You'll find all these resources on our brand new website, High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health and Safety.


COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide

USDA and its Federal partners have programs that can be used to provide immediate and long-term assistance to rural communities affected by
the COVID-19 outbreak. These programs can support recovery efforts for rural residents, businesses and communities through:

  • technical, training, and management assistance;
  • financial assistance; and
  • state and local assistance

This resource matrix organizes funding opportunities identified in the CARES Act and other federal resources that can help support rural America.  Opportunities are categorized by customer and assistance type.  You can read the full article on COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide.

For more information on the immediate actions USDA is taking to respond to COVID-19.

For the latest news from the CDC on COVID-19.


Cattle Processing in an Unusual Year:
Recommendations to Prevent COVID-19 Transmission

In light of rapidly changing recent gathering restrictions due to COVID-19, we have compiled a cattle processing/ group work recommendations document. We recognize that beef cattle production is an essential business and have been working to ensure there are minimal disruptions to operations. During this pandemic, we encourage you to be a good neighbor and look for specific ways to operate your activities without transmitting human disease.  You can read the full article on Cattle Processing in an Unusual Year: Recommendations to Prevent COVID-19 Transmission.


Spring Processing and Turn Out: 
How to Make it a Successful Season

Spring-time is “Go Time” on the farm or ranch. Field work has begun and cattle producers are finishing calving and getting ready for spring processing and summer turnouts. Preparing for important spring and early summer activities can help make the day and season a successful one. You can read the full article on Spring Processing and Turn Out: How to Make it a Successful Season. An example of Six Feet Away (Steer Length). An example of Six Feet Away (Horse Length).


COVID-19: Best Practices for Sharing Farm Vehicles

Agriculture is a critical and essential business during the Coronavirus Pandemic.  It is important to take proper precautions and prevent the spread of the virus on your farm or ranch to protect you, your family, and your employees.  Review these guidelines for limiting the spread of Coronavirus through trucks, tractors, ATVs, and other farm vehicles.  You can read the full article on COVID-19: Best Practices for Sharing Farm Vehicles.