Emergencies on Livestock Farms (PB1147)

Provision of Feed and Water

41 If there are likely to be any interruptions in feed supplies from compounders and merchants there is usually some warning. Contingency arrangements should be made for emergency feed supplies.
42 Your contingency plans should include food stocks such as silage or hay stores. During the winter, livestock in extensive systems should have food stores located in places which you know will be accessible, even in the severest weather Farm_emergencies_fig4.jpg (23799 bytes)
43 One risk to the disruption of drinking water is freezing. Water bowls and troughs should therefore be constructed and sited so as to minimise this risk. Drinkers should be kept thoroughly clean and should be checked at least once daily and more frequently in extreme conditions to ensure that they are in working order. Measures should be taken to ensure the continuation of water supplies. These include the careful siting of water pipes; the provision of lagging; the provision of trace heating or immersion heating in pipes or water tanks that are likely to be at risk.
44 An alternative water supply and the means of transporting it should be made available e.g. a water pump that can be powered by a tractor. If water is not available your local fire brigade or the local water company may be able to help you out in an emergency.
45 Please note that the Welfare of Livestock Regulations state it is the duty of any person who keeps livestock to ensure that they are properly watered and fed each day.
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