Everything Animals: Irene's affect on farm animals
Everything Animals -- September 13, 2011
Vermont State Veterinarian Dr. Kristin Haas joins us in the studio for Everything Animals to talk about the affect of Tropical Storm Irene on farm animals around the state. She also shares post-storm tips farmers can take to assess their situation and protect their animals.
The bullet points below are animal health-related recommendations for livestock owners that are put forth by the Livestock Care Standards Advisory Council:
All farmers, regardless of size or classification, are advised to contact their Farm Service Agency county office ASAP in order to gain time sensitive information on financial loan and grant programs, as well as information on USDA's Livestock Indemnity Program.
All livestock owners should be reviewing their herd health and vaccination protocols in consultation with their herd health or large animal veterinarian as these recommendations may have changed in light of the significant flooding seen with Hurricane Irene.
All livestock farmers should be reviewing their business plans and identifying potential risks. If feed shortage is identified as a risk, then consider culling marginally productive animals or other outliers while beef prices are strong.
All livestock owners should assess feed inventory and plan now for alternative feed supplies for the upcoming fall and winter.
All farmers should communicate with their feed representatives regarding proper harvest and storage protocols to minimize losses between harvest and storage and to maximize feed productivity.
You can visit the Vermont Agency of Agriculture's website at www.vermontagriculture.com to review other resources that would be helpful during the Irene-recovery period.