Safety for Producers During COVID-19

If you are wondering how to protect your farm, here are some ideas:

Access to the dairy farm by non-essential persons should be limited.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Wash your hands before you eat and after working in the milking parlor or other areas of the dairy.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, both on and off the dairy.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Ask the dairy manager or owner to keep the restrooms stocked with disinfectants and soap.
  • Always wear milking gloves.
  • Constantly change milking gloves.
  • When you get home after working in the dairy, always take a shower and wash your work clothes.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  •  Keep the bathrooms and kitchen area in your workplace clean and disinfected.
  • Social distancing should be practiced such as when there is a need to get supplies from a farm and feed store.

Jorge Delgado Alltech’s dairy employee training expert, put together fact sheets in Spanish and English that can help all employees understand the virus and what they can do to help prevent it on the farm.

Spanish

Covid19 Protecting your Dairy Spanish EMAIL

English

COVID-19 Fact Sheet for Dairy Employees_Jorge Delgado

Dairy Situation Outlook Webinar Scheduled On March 25

 

Dairy farmers and industry professionals are invited to hear Dr. Marin Bozic address the current dairy situation during a free webinar at 12 noon on Wednesday, March 25. The webinar will last one hour and will include questions at the end.

Bozic is an Assistant Professor in Dairy Foods Marketing Economics in the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota.

While registration is free, on-line pre-registration is required at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4143821136713372683

A link to the webinar will be sent to your email after you register. The webinar is hosted by the I-29 Moo University and Minnesota Milk.

Update Regarding COVID-19 For Producers

Mitch Schultz from ISDA release this information on Wednesday. At this point in the COVID-19 response, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and county public health officials are continuing to “contact trace.” This means that if someone is infected with COVID-19, public health will identify everyone that the person had prolonged face-to-face contact with while they had symptoms. This is an individual, case-by-case assessment of the people most at risk.

Hypothetically, if someone came to work sick and then tested positive for COVID-19, the coworkers that had direct, high-risk contact (for more than 2 minutes within 6 feet) with the sick person, will receive voluntary home confinement orders from the IDPH. An entire farm or packing plant will not be quarantined, like what may occur during a foreign animal disease outbreak.

If an operation experiences staffing shortages that impede its ability to properly care for its animals, the business manager should contact the IDPH. Public health officials may make an exception for “high-risk” exposures if workers are asymptomatic and follow proper biosecurity protocols.

There will be a tipping point where IDPH will no longer be able to keep up with contact tracing and issuance of individual isolation orders. IDPH cannot predict when this will occur. Once it happens, the goal is for Iowans is to self-initiate social isolation and stay home when they are sick to protect others. IDPH strongly encourages employers to implement workplace leave policies that support the “no-contact goal” to slow, and ultimately stop, the spread of COVID-19.

At this time, the CDC and the World Health Organization do not believe animals play a role in the transmission of COVID-19, but we always encourage animal owners to practice good biosecurity. This includes washing your hands frequently. If you are sick, try to limit contact with animals until we learn more about COVID-19. If possible, find someone else to care for the animal(s) until you are feeling better.

This is a good reminder of the importance of emergency preparedness. You should have a plan to care for your animals if any situation, including a disease-outbreak or natural disaster, temporarily disrupts daily activities. You should prioritize and cross-train critical functions and have a plan for where you can pull or re-assign additional staff, if needed.

It is most important for the agriculture industry to have flexible leave policies in place and make sure workers understand they need to stay home when they are ill. Many of these concerns can be alleviated by proper handwashing and encouraging sick workers to stay home.

This situation is evolving by the minute and changes may be made to these procedures as more information comes in.

Pasteurized milk and dairy products are safe.

The FDA has confirmed that heat treatment kills other coronaviruses, so pasteurization is expected to also inactivate this virus. In addition, there is no evidence that this strain of coronavirus is present in domestic livestock such as cattle. The virus is spread through aerosol transmission and close human contact, not through food products.

CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES

 

The Iowa DOT has confirmed that the governor’s proclamation does apply to the movement of milk and dairy products

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Global Dairy Trade Event 256 concluded with the GDT Price Index down 3.9 Percent

Key Results

AMF index up 1.0%, average price US$4,331/MT
Butter index up 0.3%, average price US$4,144/MT
BMP not offered
Ched index up 2.6%, average price US$4,398/MT
LAC index up 4.9%, average price US$914/MT
RenCas index up 1.0%, average price US$9,987/MT
SMP index down 8.1%, average price US$2,527/MT
SWP index not available, average price not available
WMP index down 4.2%, average price US$2,797/MT

Full results have been published on www.globaldairytrade.info.

Global Dairy Trade Event 255 concluded with the GDT Price Index down 1.2%

Key Results

AMF index down 1.7%, average price US$4,302/MT
Butter index up 1.0%, average price US$4,131/MT
BMP index down 4.8%, average price US$2,718/MT
Ched index down 4.7%, average price US$4,285/MT
LAC index up 5.7%, average price US$871/MT
RenCas index up 0.5%, average price US$9,891/MT
SMP index down 3.2%, average price US$2,747/MT
SWP index not available, average price not available
WMP index down 0.5%, average price US$2,952/MT

Full results have been published on www.globaldairytrade.info.

ISU Extension and Outreach Dairy Team to host Heifer Facilities and Management Field Day in NW IA on March 31

The Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach Dairy Team will host a dairy design and management field day on March 31 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Jones Dairy located at 2508 270th St., Milford.

The program will specifically focus on design and ventilation of calf and heifer facilities, new research related to paired-calf management and the economics of heifer housing.

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“Dealing with a Changing Climate in Agriculture” webinar offered Feb. 20

A free webinar entitled, “Dealing with the Changing Climate in Agriculture: Issues in 2020 and Beyond” will be held Thursday, Feb. 20 from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.

The program will discuss issues leading into the 2020 growing season and put that information into a larger context of what is happening with Midwest weather and climate long-term.

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