The Pennsylvania Center for Dairy Excellence has launched a library of farm resources to help dairy farm families and small business owners navigate the Covid-19 crisis. The resources include crisis management tools, stress and wellness resources, and financial planning information.
“We recognize these are very challenging times for everyone and especially for dairy farm families and other small business owners who are working to operate as best they can through this crisis,” said Jayne Sebright, Center for Dairy Excellence executive director.
Dairy professionals can access the free resources at centerfordairyexcellence.org/covid-19-farm-resources. The library includes:
- A Covid-19 overview so dairy farms can understand its transmissibility, host range, incubation period, environmental stability, and other required information for infectious disease outbreak response. Published by the National Milk Producers Federation.
- A Covid-19 fact sheet to assist farm employees in understanding the virus and what they can do to help prevent it on the farm. Published by Alltech.
- Financial planning resources to help dairy producers navigate uncertainty through risk management tools and business planning resources. Published by the Center for Dairy Excellence.
The Center will also attempt to connect those who experience labor shortages due to Covid-19 with individuals who are willing to provide temporary relief in Pennsylvania. If you have concerns about staffing your dairy facilities due to Covid-19 or if you are willing to provide relief milking services to those who may be affected, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 717-346-0849.
The resource library will be updated as more resources related to the COVID-19 are made available.
Remember to take common sense precautions on the farm
University of Maine Cooperative Extension has released recommendations for farmers in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Anne Lichtenwalner, UMaine Extension veterinarian, associate professor, and director of the Extension Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, authored the guide.
“While there’s no evidence that the novel coronavirus causing Covid-19 is affecting livestock, or any species besides humans, it’s important to take common sense precautions that help guard against introducing or spreading diseases on the farm,” says Lichtenwalner.
Practices including good nutrition, proper ventilation and hygiene, and adhering to standard biosecurity guidelines — keeping visitors, wildlife and new livestock out of direct contact with farm animals — are always appropriate.