Dear Editor: Hello. We are children from Lisavaird NS. We are in first, second and third class. We love talking about farming.
Here are some tips for safety on the farm.
Never enter a slurry pit. Keep children and elderly people away from the area when agitating. Never approach the slurry tank when uncovered – remember, one lungful of slurry gas can kill you. Never approach the slurry tank when it is sucking the slurry. Keep all people away from the agitating point for 30 minutes after starting agitating. Guard the PTO on the slurry tanker and agitator – do not use unless correctly guarded. It is very important to stand back when someone is spreading slurry!
Safety in fields Always look out for signs that warn you of any dangers. If there is a warning sign in place, STAY AWAY! Stay out of fields that have bulls or cows with young calves grazing.
Safety during calving Keep a gate or a crush between you and the cow when removing or handling the calf. Well-designed calving pens and gates minimise the direct contact between farmer and animal. Think about an escape route in advance before you enter a pen or handle an animal.