10 Ways to Protect Your Livestock Auction Market
Jennifer Shike, Drovers
March 17, 2020
As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic grows, livestock auction markets are under close watch. In an effort to keep these auctions functioning, the Livestock Marketing Association (LMA) is working with federal, state and local officials to ensure continuity of business while making public health a top priority.
Many states are enforcing varied crowd size limits and are mandating restrictions on operations of cafés and other food services, the association said in a press release. LMA is working with markets on a case-by-case basis to help develop contingency plans as needed.
LMA suggests 10 strategies to help you prepare for and mitigate disease spread at your livestock auction market:
1. Familiarize yourself with and follow rapidly changing local and state rules regarding assembly of crowds.
2. Work with your café operators to follow location-specific guidance which may include closure or offering to-go service only.
3. Update your website with instructions to customers and your plans for continued operation.
4. Utilize social media to share fact-based information and your plans for continued operations.
5. If you are in a situation where you need to limit crowd size, request that consignors deliver livestock and return home rather than remaining at the facility.