Are you prepared to be gone from your operation for a month? Given the current situation and forecast for the number of people that will contract COVID-19 to some degree; farmers and ranchers need to be prepared make contingency plans.
“Farmers and ranchers are the toughest guys and gals I know,” said Heather Gessner, SDSU Extension Livestock Business Management Field Specialist. “However, no matter what we think, we are not bullet proof and COVID-19 may strike our homes and families. We need to have a plan.”
Gessner suggests considering others who would be able to take your place, in the case of illness, for a day, a week or up to a month of time. Additionally, it will be helpful to make a list for that person of daily tasks, activities and detailed suggestions on how things need to be done.
A list of daily tasks and activities to consider might include:
• Feed rations and location of needed supplements.
• Lists of cows or ewes due within the week and/or month.
• Medications that need to be repeated.
• A record of cows in calving pens to be paired up.
• Water sources – if a well or pipeline, indicate where the shutoffs are.
• Where and how to make the “trick” engine, starter, PTO, or other mechanical devices work.
• Which bins need to be checked for grain quality and how the fans work.
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