How Should Livestock Farmers and Horse Owners 
 Prepare for Farm Disruptions from the COVID-19 Outbreak?

This article comes to us from Jim Weber, DVM, PhD, Associate Professor of Animal and Veterinary Sciences Attending Veterinarian, University of Maine. I searched for and added links to additional examples of Standard Operating Procedures to give you a head start on anything you might need to write. Successful farmers, whether they raise cattle, sheep, horses or other agricultural species, are generally very good at anticipating and solving problems. For example, those of us in northern regions prepare for our extended winters by stockpiling feed, battening down our barns, and keeping snowdrifts out of the dooryard. With the looming disruptions that could potentially occur due to the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, animal managers should start to think about getting ready for on-farm disruptions in much the same way that we prepare for winters in New England. During the upcoming months, a scenario that may occur on family farms, especially on those with older owners, is temporary incapacitation or off-farm travel of the primary animal caretaker(s). While the farm’s infrastructure would still be available for animal care, properly trained individuals may not be available to complete some or all of the daily chores. With proper planning and smart use of technology, animal managers can anticipate and solve these potentially serious problems. Consider adopting

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