HUMAN health precautions and regular checking of animals is advised with the recent increased temperatures. There are a number of steps farmers and equestrians should take to ensure their own and their animals’ health and safety in the hot weather.
Heat stress could become a serious factor not only for animals, but also for people working during peak daytime temperatures.
As people who work with animals, we tend to often put the health of our livestock first, but it is important that the health and safety of anyone working with animals is given equal concern. Farmers and yard workers are advised to apply sun cream regularly throughout the day, stay well hydrated and take regular breaks to avoid exhaustion.
Top tips while working
Symptoms of heatstroke in humans
Cool down as quickly as possible if you have these symptoms. Ring your doctor or pharmacist if you are worried. Ring 999 if the person has collapsed.
Heat stress is particularly a risk in young animals exposed to peak temperatures without any access to shelter facing the greatest risk. Important visible signs of heat stress include:
With temperatures particularly high in Ireland and across Europe at the moment this could present challenges and risks for animals transported in trailers.