Preparing for livestock emergencies

November 16th, 2020

The University of Minnesota Extension Livestock Team has released a set of customizable forms that can be used to create an operations contingency plan for their farm. The contingency forms are meant to provide livestock owners a starting point to outline essential livestock care if they and/or their managers become sick with COVID-19 or another emergency occurs. In these situations, care would likely need to be administered by a non-household member. The contingency plan is meant to cover short-term, essential care only and is not meant to serve as a comprehensive care plan. The intended use of these forms is for emergency planning purposes.

Plans are available at https://z.umn.edu/LivestockPlans for download and can be saved then filled out. Forms can be filled out on the computer or printed and done by hand. There are templates for dairy, beef, swine, poultry (commercial, pasture, and urban), horse (private and boarding), honeybee, and small ruminant (sheep and goat). These forms are intended to aid livestock owners in preparing for short-term (e.g. 30 days), essential care of animals during an illness or emergency that is provided by non-household members.