Bull sales will require precautions this year

Bull sales are scheduled across the Prairies in coming weeks and months amid the threat of COVID-19 spread.

Sales are the main source of income for many producers so the Livestock Markets Association of Canada, Canadian Beef Breeds Council and the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association have distributed a list of recommendations.

Those hosting sales should:

  • make cattle available for viewing prior to the sale
  • make online or phone bidding available where possible
  • limit attendance to a maximum of 50 people
  • consider online photos and videos as an alternative
  • restrict general public access
  • do not shake hands and maintain a social distance of two metres
  • provide information to employees on COVID-19
  • provide hand sanitizer in common areas
  • provide space for hand washing
  • consider not providing food
  • frequently sanitize workstations and pay special attention to telephones, computer keyboards, calculators, desks, photocopiers, counters and common areas shared by more than one person on a regular basis

Those buying cattle and attending sales should:

  • where possible view bulls ahead of the sale
  • not attend sales without an intention to buy or seriously considering buying
  • not attend a sale if sick with even mild symptoms
  • send one person per farm operation
  • not shake hands and maintain a two-metre social distance
  • consider phone bidding
  • consider online bidding
  • consider online photos, video as alternative to in person viewing
  • wash hands thoroughly and frequently

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