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Extension researchers report on COVID-19 impact on livestock agriculture


It’s no surprise that COVID-19 has had a deep impact on Minnesota farmers, leading many of them to consider new marketing and processing strategies. Each industry has been affected differently and University of Minnesota Extension senior economic impact analyst Brigid Tuck, ag economist Joleen Hadrich and ABM educator Megan Roberts have been researching COVID-19’s impact on livestock-based agriculture.

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They recently published three separate reports on how the hog, dairy and poultry industries have been individually impacted.

The researchers found that an estimated 45 percent of hogs had no market due to widespread closures and partial closures of hog slaughter facilities in late April 2020. Read the full report or a summary of the conclusions.

Minnesota dairy farmers have been faring COVID-19 better than their peers in other states, the dairy report noted. The use of milk in cheese production helped provide a buffer for Minnesota dairy farms. Read the full report or a summary of the conclusions.

Poultry producers in Minnesota have experienced a variety of impacts, depending on the type of poultry they farm. Egg and chicken prices have seen huge swings since the beginning of COVID-19, while turkey growers have escaped much of the volatility as their demand is seasonal. Read the full report or a summary of the conclusions.

The researchers' work was also highlighted by the University of Minnesota Office of the Vice President for Research. Read the article.




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