Farm Animal Safety
From wooly, bleating lambs to slow-grazing cattle, farm animals are what make living off the land so incredible.
Whether you make a livelihood out of handling farm animals, or are visiting a farm for fun, it’s empowering to know how to stay safe around livestock and other farm animals. These tips are the perfect place to start.
Be cautious. It’s important to be aware of the animals and your surroundings at all times. Be especially careful working with sick or injured animals, during storms, and during other unusual circumstances.
Stay calm. Try to stay out of the animal’s blind spot, and never make sudden or loud movements or noises near an animal. Instead use calm and sure movements, which will help you avoid startling the animal.
Watch for signs. If you notice an animal is acting strange, do not approach it if you are not experienced in working with animals.
Keep kiddos close. Keep a close eye on children and other inexperienced visitors, and make sure they keep a safe distance.
Maintain equipment. Be sure that fences, gates and equipment are all in good condition and are being used properly.
Protect yourself. Wear the right clothing – steel-toed shoes, long pants, gloves and helmet as needed.
Prevent illness. After working with animals, wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds.
Farm animals are amazing creatures – but they can be unpredictable. But by keeping these proactive steps in mind, you can enjoy your time on the farm knowing you’re ready for anything!
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