Wisconsin 4-H and FFA clubs in every county are being asked to postpone or cancel livestock weigh-ins days this spring in an effort to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. University of Wisconsin-Extension Livestock Specialist Bernie O'Rourke says any counties with beef weigh-ins on the schedule should halt those plans immediately. Lamb weigh-ins are farther out on the calendar and swine weigh-ins have already been discontinued because of the introduction of the swine health rule.
In a statewide memo last week, the Division of Extension noted that counties needing to get tags to exhibitors should do so with minimal to no human-to-human interaction.
"Fairgrounds have been closed to events, and livestock markets may be closed or will not entertain that activity," O'Rourke says. "Many livestock markets have made alternative modifications for producers in dropping off livestock with no interaction of workers
The Extension is also calling on in-person YQCA instructor-led meetings to be postponed and calling on students to utilize the online modules.
"Since this situation is fluid and uncertain at this time, it ultimately is a family decision whether they purchase animals this year," she noted. "Families should use the same precautions as instructed by the CDC when purchasing animals minimizing human-to-human
interaction and social distancing."
As of now, no county fairs have been officially canceled because of COVID-19.