Coronavirus: planning and compliance

As part of your wider contingency plan, it's important to consider changes to contracts, staff shortages, issues with transport, and availability of supplies and resources. 

Planning ahead

Having a clear plan in place will help you to prepare for the unexpected. This could include:

  • Making all staff aware of what needs to be done if you need to house or keep more livestock than usual; for example, due to a contract change.
  • A clear, documented emergency plan including all potential risks.
  • Practical advice on the actions that should be taken.
  • Ensuring that health and welfare standards are maintained, and are compliant with your assurance scheme.

Keeping in contact

Making sure the lines of communication are open is more important than ever. Whether that’s by email, text message, video call or over the phone. Use our template (below) of key contacts that you can print off and keep to hand.

Also, you may want to:

  • Speak to your processor for advice on the current situation and any contract changes.
  • Get in touch with your vet and farm assurance scheme.
  • Contact to your AHDB knowledge exchange manager for additional advice.

Some suggestions of key contacts include:

  • Local Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) office
  • Vet
  • Feed supplier
    • Ensure supplies to manage an emergency
    • Forward orders and any adjustments required
    • Alternatives if you are going to have restricted access or availability
  • Abattoir
  • Milk buyer
  • Haulier
  • Bedding supplier
    • Ensure supplies in an emergency
  • Nutritionist/consultant
  • Fallen stock collector
    • Confirm procedure
  • Other, e.g. neighbours
    • Agree temporary housing

Compliance

The Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA) have released guidance for farmers on the statutory TB testing of cattle during the coronavirus pandemic. Visit their website for information:

Statutory TB testing of cattle during the covid-19 pandemic

It's important that you ensure you comply with legal and, where relevant, assurance scheme requirements, e.g. space allowance, movement licences, etc. Check your scheme’s guidance on contingency planning. More information can be found via these links:

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