Coronavirus and cattle markets subject of two webinars

Tune into two webinars on March 26 and March 31 for a look at COVID-19 and the cattle markets.


Source: Oklahoma State University

via BEEF Magazine - Mar 24, 2020


Agricultural producers are adjusting to the pandemic spread of the novel coronavirus as well as they are able to, said Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University (OSU) Extension livestock marketing specialist, but it’s difficult to keep anxiety in check and plan ahead. “There is a tremendous amount of unknowns as we confront this situation,” Peel said. “There’s no real precedent for what’s happening. We want to give producers a forum to talk through it and support each other.”


As such, OSU will host two webinars to explore the COVID-19 effect on the cattle market. The March 26 webinar hosted through will help provide answers and perspective about the country’s cattle markets, macroeconomic effects and international trade. The March 31 webinar will bring those concerns down to a regional perspective.


The first event will begin at 7 p.m. March 26. It is free and open to the public. Questions for the webinar can be sent by email to Experts available for comment will include Peel and Josh Maples at Mississippi State University Extension.


An internet connection is needed to receive the webinar material, although a webcam or microphone is not necessary. The event will be held at For audio only, participants can use their computer speakers or join by phone at 312-626-6779. To log in, the webinar identification number is 574 268 148. If using a smartphone or tablet, downloading the Zoom application is recommended.


The second, separate event on March 31 will look more closely at economic mitigation efforts among regional cattle producers, said JJ Jones, OSU southeast area Extension agricultural economist. Other specialist scheduled to attend include...