Health and safety at the Farm
Farm animals, even those that are clean and healthy, can carry bugs that can be harmful to people but if you follow the following simple advice, any risks can be minimised.
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after you have touched animals, fences or other surfaces in animal areas, or after removing dirty shoes or boots that have been worn on the farm.
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before eating, drinking or smoking or touching your face (including children sucking fingers)
- Please make use of the hand washing facilities around the farm site.
- Supervise children closely to ensure that they wash their hands thoroughly and please help them switch off the taps properly when they are finished, so we don’t waste water.
- Do not use gels or wipes instead of washing hands with soap and water. Gels and wipes do not remove E. coli O157 that is in dirt.
- Do not kiss farm animals nor allow children to put their faces close to animals
- Do not eat or drink while touching animals or walking round the farm. This includes not eating sweets, crisps or chewing gum. Only eat and drink in picnic areas or cafe.
- Do not eat anything that has fallen on the floor.
- Be aware that children who suffer from asthma/hayfever may experience difficulties in the dusty farm environment
- Be aware that pregnant women should not come into contact with sheep or goats at lambing and kidding time, due the risk of Toxoplasmosis
If you feel unwell after a farm visit contact your GP or call NHS Direct on
0845 4647 as soon as possible.
For more information, please see this leaflet on avoiding infection on farm visits