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Purdue Extension: Expert Resources for COVID-19

AGRICULTURE: Recommendations for Livestock Sales During the COVID-19 Pandemic

May 12, 2020
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Livestock sales fall under the criteria of critical infrastructure and essential functions as designated by Indiana’s shelter-in-place order. (Please note: These regulations also are subject to change amid fluid developments.)

This guide offers ideas and guidance on:

In such a public setting, the Centers for Disease Control now recommend wearing cloth face coverings. For a guide on how to create your own cloth face coverings, visit the CDC website.


Best Practices for Those Hosting Sales

While livestock sales constitute essential services in the food supply chain, attendance at these events should be minimized — or presentation and bidding methods adapted whenever possible.

Industry experts recommend that hosts consider:

For those who hold events in person, industry experts recommend that hosts:

Also: The Office of Indiana State Chemist website offers a searchable list of EPA-registered disinfectant products for COVID-19. Consult this site to determine if disinfectants are safe and recommended for use in this environment. 

Hosts should communicate all new or amended policies through:


Recommendations for Those Buying Livestock at a Sale

Livestock buyers should take additional precautions to minimize the potential spread of COVID-19 at a sales event.

Industry experts recommend that those attending a sales event:


This document was originally developed by the Livestock Markets Association of Canada, the Canadian Beef Breeds Council and the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and then adapted and approved by the Indiana Board of Animal Health, the Indiana Beef Cattle Association, Purdue University’s Department of Animal Sciences in the College of Agriculture, and Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

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