Coronavirus (COVID-19) coverage

Taking a proactive approach to combating the coronavirus disease, known as COVID-19, has meant many organizational leaders at local, state and federal levels  are canceling or postponing events and meetings at a minimum until the end of March and is likely to carry into mid-spring.

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In a state with fewer than 1,000 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19, six rodeo committees stepped up and canceled their 2020 events.

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The Great Minnesota Get-Together will not be held in 2020. This was announced following a meeting of the board of managers of the Minnesota State Agricultural Society, which governs the Minnesota State Fair. The event was scheduled for Aug. 27 through Labor Day, Sept. 7.

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During the past week, widespread rain and thunderstorms fell across parts of the Great Plains, including a few instances of severe weather. Particularly large amounts of rain in central and eastern Nebraska, as well as in adjacent states, improved what had been a quickly drying scenario in many locations. Widespread rain in parts of Texas also led to drought improvement in the state, though some areas that missed out on the rain (particularly in the Panhandle) saw conditions worsen.

COVID-19 might be on the minds of just about every American right now, but another virus has been and continues to cause issues for cattle producers. Bovine viral diarrhea is caused by the bovine viral diarrhea virus. Although diarrhea is in the name, Dr. Bruss Horn, DVM, and owner at Verden Veterinary Clinic in Verden, Oklahoma, said this is actually a misnomer, because diarrhea is not actually a symptom.

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Hugh Aljoe, director of producer relations at the Noble Research Institute, shares how land stewardship can aid producer profitability. This video news is provided by Certified Angus Beef LLC and the American Angus Association. Visit www.CABcattle.com or www.angus.org for more information.

The Arkansas weekly livestock auction summary indicated receipts of 7,021 head of cattle selling the week ending on May 21, compared to 3,561 head the previous week and 3,878 head a year ago, according to the USDA-Arkansas Department of Agriculture Market News, Little Rock, Arkansas.