We assume that you are well aware of the measures regarding the corona virus and associated disease covid-19. We have translated these measures into the practice of farms, saleyards, traders, transporters and slaughterhouses. This shows that the following matters are important:
I may be infected. Can I handle livestock?
International scientist agree that tere are no indications that farm animals, such as cows, pigs, chickens, sheep and goats, can be infected with the new corona virus. As a precaution, it is recommended that people with COVID-19 or with complaints that fit COVID-19 leave the care of their animals to others without complaints and avoid contact with the animals. This also means that you do not come into the stable.
If there is no other option, veterinarians, livestock farmers and employees who have mild complaints (nose colds, sore throat, sneezing, coughing and increase to 38C, but no fever) and working in the food-producing sector may take care of the animals. Also in the care of and contact with animals it is important to follow the general hygiene measures such as washing your hands regularly and coughing and sneezing in the elbow.
What does Covid-19 mean for my company?
Covid-19 makes clear why traceability is important. Germany has considerably fewer deaths than the Netherlands. More people are tested in Germany than in the Netherlands. If you are positive, it is immediately checked with whom you have had recent contact. The situation in France, Spain and Italy is much worse, with the result that the government had to declare a total lockdown. In this respect, this corona crisis once again underlines the importance of I&R, so that we can prevent a total lockdown in livestock if an infectious disease breaks out. After all, if you know which other animals the infected animals have come into contact with, you can contain the infection quite precisely. This is evident from the approach to the corona crisis in the various countries.
The corona virus also has several possible consequences for livestock farming: