Coronavirus: contingency planning for your business

In light of the challenges due to the coronavirus outbreak, it's important to have a contingency plan in place. Read our information on movement restrictions, bedding and feeding options, and preparing for delays.

If you are Red Tractor-assured, you'll find a wealth of information in the COVID-19 Hub section of the website. If you are RSPCA-assured, check the RSPCA Assured website for member guidance around the coronavirus.

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Making a plan

Find out how to keep staff informed, comply with government guidelines and put together a list of key contacts. You'll also find a sample table on this page to help you with your planning, and other general contingency advice.

Planning and compliance

Movement, stocking densities and accommodation

Have a plan in place for managing your stocking density limits and find out what to do if movement on your farm is restricted. Find out how to prepare alternative accommodation for your livestock, indoors and outdoors.

Managing movement, stocking densities and accommodation

Feeders, feed and manure management

Plan for any feed or accommodation adjustments and use our calculator to help determine quantities. Read the guidance on manure management and ensure your drinking supply is adequate. 

Feeders, feed and manure management

Shearing during the pandemic

There may be delays to normal shearing service due to coronavirus and social distancing measures. Use this advice to prepare your farm, plan to find external staff and consider flystrike risks and warm weather.

Tips to prepare for shearing

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