Best on-farm practice for Covid-19
What is the likelihood of you, or someone you are in close contact with getting Covid 19? Identify contingency plans in case you, your family or employees get sick.
- Observe heats and tail paint
- Draft cows for AI
- AI - cows & heifers
- Allocate grass
- Spread fertiliser
- Herd and move young stock
Have the following lists and guidelines in place:
- People: Key contacts list & numbers)
- Stock: Feeding regimes and stock numbers
- Supplies: Names and contacts
- Standard operating procedures (SOPs) for key tasks – e.g. milking, calf rearing, feeding etc.
Information on drawing up SOPs is available here
- Ensure that someone familiar with the farm is available if a person needs to self-isolate
- Where there are a number of people working on the farm operate a staff rota
- Allocate specific people to specific tasks
- Keep in contact with your discussion group, advisor, friend or neighbour
- Think health and safety: More children on farm lead to higher risk of a farm accident
Maintain ‘social distancing’ with any essential callers including: vets, AI technicians, lorry drivers, contractors, stock buyers, relief milkers etc. Communicate using phone & whiteboards
- Hand detergents and paper towels for drying hands
- Clean all surfaces like tractor steering wheel, door handles, etc.
- Wear disposable gloves & change regularly
- Change clothes daily and wash at 60 degrees
- Have all necessary supplies on farm in advance of needing them
- When selling animals at home, have ‘for sale’ animals in one pen
- Call or text to tell the caller where the animals are
- Let the person view them on their own,
Health information on Covid-19 is available on the HSE website here
Mental Health Ireland along with Teagasc and the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) have partnered to co-host and co-deliver information and resources to you through a special Farming Resilience page during the month of April. The aim is to support farmers their families through the challenges being posed by Covid-19. Check out practical evidence-based ways to support personal and business resilience here
Protocols & how farmers are managing through the Covid - 19 Crisis
Short Q&A session with Marion Beecher and Abigail Ryan in Teagasc, Moorepark on protocols and how farmers are managing through the Covid - 19 crisis.