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Maura Bennett Summer Livestock Safety
by Maura Bennett, click here for bio

Program: Colorado Ag Today
Date: July 18, 2018

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Summer fair season is officially underway in all corners of Colorado.

So the folks at the USDA is reminding livestock handlers and owners to keep themselves and their prized animals safe.

There are several methods livestock owners at a fair or show will use to minimize contact with other animals to reduce disease transmission.

Bethany Funnell of Purdue University Extension hs a few ideas to reduce the risk.

“At some fairs at some shows animals won’t be stalled immediately across from each other. Or there will be a solid wall between them. That really helps to minimize nose to nose contact

Colorado State University Extension has more safety information at its website. The Colorado extension advise all handlers to have complete plans in place for traffic and movement.. Required are procedures for animal isolation as well as sanitation and disposal procedures, disinfection procedures, and emergency preparedness.

And for the public as well as handlers, experts warn to always wash your hands after handling animals and before you eat and drink. Talk to your healthcare provider if you are concerned about exposure to diseases.

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