The winter weather can be tough on livestock and animalsmay need a little extra protection at this time of year. Making a contingencyplan can make all the difference in keeping livestock safe and sound in extremeweather conditions.
British Veterinary Association (BVA) President Elect and vet John Blackwell has some advice for farmers as the weather getscolder. He said; At this timeof year it can be tempting to ignore weather warnings and assume forecastersare being overly cautious. But given the cost of being caught out, unable toreach animals who may be hungry or in distress, Id encourage farmers toexercise extra caution this winter.
Considermoving animals from high ground before extreme weather arrives or at least makesure there is fodder ready on site. Water provision needs to be checked as wellto make sure animals can survive if temporarily stranded.
Rememberthat snow and storms can also disrupt delivery to your farm so it may be a goodidea to stock up on necessities just in case.
There is nosubstitute for a clear contingency plan, thought out and prepared before badweather arrives. Its better to have a plan and not need it than to loseanimals in circumstances that could have been avoided.