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APHIS Livestock Coordination Center



On Friday April 24, APHIS established a National Incident Coordination Center (NICC) to provide direct support to producers whose animals cannot move to market as a result of processing plant closures due to COVID-19.

This coordination will include:

  • Assisting State Veterinarians and producers in helping identify potential alternative markets if a producer is unable to move animals;
  • If necessary, advise and assist on depopulation and disposal methods;
  • Deploy assets of its National Veterinary Stockpile (including captive bolt guns and cartridges, chutes and trailers, and personal protective equipment) as needed; and
  • Secure the services of contractors that can supply additional equipment, personnel, and services.  

Producers needing assistance should begin by contacting their state veterinarian’s office.

State Animal Health Officials

Euthanasia & Depopulation Planning

AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals

Disposal Planning

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service has created a program for disposal cost share funding for eligible applicants.

Guidelines for the Emergency Use of Above Ground Burial to Manage Catastrophic Livestock Mortality (usda.gov)

APHIS Carcass Disposal Tools website

NRCS web soil survey

National Agricultural Statistics

Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook

Livestock Slaughter  

Cold Storage

Swine

NPB/Pork Checkoff

Farm Emergency Planning Resources for Disposal and Other Operations

American Association of Swine Veterinarians

New COVID-19 Resources for Swine Veterinarians

National Agricultural Statistics

Hogs/Pigs

Cattle

National Agricultural Statistics

Cattle

Poultry

National Agricultural Statistics

Poultry Slaughter

Chickens and Eggs

Iowa

Iowa livestock producers can call the Resource Coordination Center at (515) 725-1005, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., or fill out a help form anytime at iowafarmerhelp.com.

Minnesota

University of Minnesota Extension:  What to do if your pork packing plant is closed

Board of Animal Health: Carcass Disposal Resources


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