Tuesday 10 July 2012
Getting cattle out of harm's way
Livestock producers are advised to prepare as Tropical Storm Debby approaches by moving animals to safe areas.
The storm threatening the Gulf Coast could flood farmland, putting animals left on certain parts of the property at risk.
A release by Mike Strain, the Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry, encourages producers to find a safe zone for their animals where it is least likely to flood.
Producers should plan now to be prepared, allotting enough time to move animals without putting any animals, or people, at risk if severe weather threatens.
In the release, Strain said now is the time to make sure livestock trailers are in good condition and ready for an unexpected road trip.
Check the tire pressure and the rubber for wear, test brake and running lights, and inspect the overall condition and functioning of the trailer.
When transporting animals, remember to bring health records, identification, feed and medication.
For more information on emergency preparation for livestock, visit www.LDAF.la.gov and click on the Emergency Programs icon on the right hand side of the page.
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