Livestock auctions impacted by coronavirus measures

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To combat the spread of COVID-19, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is recommending farmers not stick around after unloading livestock at auction facilities.

Livestock auctions are limiting spectators after Ohio banned mass gatherings of more than 50 people in a single space Monday. The state department of health earlier banned gatherings of 100 people, but the CDC recommendations have since become more restrictive.

As a result, the farm bureau is encouraging farmers to unload livestock at the docks and then depart.

“We understand these auctions are often utilized as a social gathering, but during this time, we recommend only active buyers attend the auctions,” said Roger High, Ohio Farm Bureau director of livestock, said in a press release.

The changes will allow auctions to continue providing livestock marketing services while honoring social distancing orders.

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Rachel is a reporter with Farm and Dairy and a graduate of Clarion University of Pennsylvania. She married a fourth-generation beef and sheep farmer and settled down in her hometown in Beaver County. Before coming to Farm and Dairy, she worked at several daily and weekly newspapers throughout Western Pennsylvania covering everything from education and community news to police and courts.

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