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Beef producers urged to prep for emergencies, animal deaths

  Livestock emergency plans have potential to control losses of cattle in blizzard or high heat situations.

Having a plan for avoiding large livestock losses in emergency situations is critical, Kansas State livestock specialist Joel DeRouchey told USDA's Gary Crawford last week.

"There's a lot of what-ifs in terms of time of year, type of situation – whether it's weather or mechanical or disease-driven – that could happen," he says.

Having not only an avoidance plan but also a clean-up plan is a good idea, he said. Especially when suddenly hit with a large number of animal fatalities without a plan for disposing of them, producers can be overwhelmed, DeRouchey says.

"Having something written down that can be clearly communicated is a big key that producers can have themselves but we also recognize that many producers don't currently have that in place," he says.

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