Emergencies on Livestock Farms (PB1147)

Training Staff on Animal Welfare Matters

 46 The Welfare of Livestock Regulations  require that anyone involved in the care of livestock should have access to the Welfare Codes relating to the livestock concerned and must be aware of the provisions of the relevant Codes. The Regulations also require that all who look after stock on behalf of the keeper receive instruction and guidance in the Codes. It is the keeper's responsibility to ensure that it is given. farm_emergencies_fig5.jpg (25880 bytes)
47 Organise training programmes for your staff, including people that you employ on a temporary basis - so that your staff are able to recognise trouble in its earliest stages. Identify the cause and put matters right immediately. Animal welfare training courses are run by the Agricultural Training Board, ADAS and other organisations, usually at nominal charge
48 You should compile a list of staff responsible for emergency action in order of seniority. At least one responsible member of your staff should always be available to take the necessary action. There should also be a list of emergency telephone numbers and this list should be known and accessible to all your staff.
49 Before the onset of winter prepare a checklist of jobs which you think should be undertaken, such as repairs to concrete floors before frost damage creates a welfare hazard or roof repairs to avoid water damage to electrical systems.
50 If you do not employ staff, make alternative arrangements so that your livestock are adequately fed should you be unable to look after them yourself
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