Working with animals already has its own dangers. Animal handlers are subject to possible bites, bruises, and scratches as they take care of the animals. Add to that reality a hazardous workspace created by equipment and other material carelessly laying around, and what we have is a disaster zone.
Many livestock farmers misguidedly think that working with small livestock equipment is generally safer. However, this is not necessarily so as smaller pieces of equipment are more likely to be hazardously laying around. Take for example rakes and pitchforks.
A rake or pitchfork that is simply leaning against a wall or in a corner instead of being properly housed in a dedicated zone using a rack can be very hazardous. One can trip over these items or they can fall cause a panicked reaction in the animals.
Minimizing Hazards On A Farm Through Proper Handling Of Feed Equipment
From purchase to storage, it is important that farmers take proper care of their feed equipment and supplies. By sizing the equipment appropriately for the size of the farm and livestock needs, farmers are already helping to ensure that the environment on the farm is safer. Below are some other options for farmers on acquiring and caring for livestock feed equipment and supplies on their farms.
1. Opt For High-quality Equipment
The first step to minimizing the risk of hazards occurring on the farm is for farmers to properly care for livestock feed equipment. Examples of livestock feed equipment that should be carefully handled include feeding tools for the hogs, cattle, and horses. The feeding tools for these animals should first be sturdy in their make and able to traverse the different kinds of terrain that will be encountered on the farm as they are moved around.
To ensure that the feed equipment being used is of the highest quality, livestock farmers should consult with farming experts who can help establish sufficient livestock equipment criteria. One thing farmers should consider in this regard is whether it may be more prudent to rent equipment rather than purchase the same. Of course, how the equipment is being used, as well as plans for the farm, are what will determine which option is most appropriate. If the decision is to buy feed equipment and supplies, it is always recommended to solely buy from high-quality suppliers.
2. Get Quoted From Distributors
Once one decides to buy equipment, one should be sure to start gathering and comparing quotes from available distributors operating locally or from elsewhere. Whether the distributor of choice will be operating locally or elsewhere is the choice of each farmer. However, it is generally recommended that distributors operate locally. This is because local distributors can be on hand for delivery and troubleshooting.
3. Ensure An Adequate Feed Equipment And Supply To Livestock Ratio
The size of a farm and the number of animals being cared for on the same will determine what it is that is needed to in terms of feed supply and equipment. The needs of large farms differ from those of small and medium-sized farms. In this regard, farmers can opt to work with suppliers and distributors who specialize in meeting the supplies and equipment needs of farms of certain sizes.
4. Make And Follow The Budget
A budget will help guide farmers when making their livestock feed equipment and supplies purchases. Farmers will be able to significantly narrow their choices considering their budget, and therefore, purchase or acquire only what is needed. By using equipment and supplies only as they are needed, there will be less clutter and more order on the farm. This inadvertently makes the space safer for farmers and for their livestock.