A huge storm, the tail back of hurricane Ophelia, is set to hit Ireland’s shore this week, with winds of up to 160 km/hr expected in the south and the southwest. The storm is set to hit Kerry, Cork, Clare, Mayo and Galways worst, with a red warning in place for these areas.
The warning is set to remain in place until early Tuesday morning. But are you Ready? Read our below checklist of things you should do on your farm before the storm hits, in order to protect you and your livestock.
- The first thing to do is to ensure all machinery, equipment and any farm utensils are locked away securely in weatherproof sheds. Move any larger equipment to higher ground and away from trees, in case of lightning.
- Test run any generator, which may be used to power the farm whilst the storm is underway. Also ensure you have an adequate supply of fuel to keep it running. It’s always better to have too much than not enough.
- Make sure any pesticides, herbicides or chemical products on the farm are locked away in a cool, dry place. It is important for animal and environmental safety reasons that these do not leak into water supplies.
- Always keep a basic animal first aid kits on hand as you never know what may happen. Stock up on bandages, antibiotics and other medications to ensure you are prepared to help your animal when needed.
- House your animals, when possible, inside during a storm. Young animals should always be kept inside during stormy weather. Although this may not be feasible to some, it is important for their safety and your own. There’s no point in someone heading out into the eye of the storm in search of stock and becoming stranded themselves. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
- A designated relocation area for your animals should be prepared in cases of extreme weather conditions, which leave other areas flooded or inaccessible. Ensure all sheds and outbuilding roofs are secure.
- Make sure all feeds are well secure, in a dry area and accessible at all times.
- Keep yourself constantly informed of the weather. Weather updates are constantly issued during storms. It’s better to know early of any changes so that you can begin preparation as soon as possible.
- Operating machinery should be avoided at all costs. If in operation of any machinery, please be careful and stay vigilant. Falling trees and branches could easily strike your vehicle and put you off course. If travelling in times of extreme winds, pulling in is always a safer option. Always try to remain in your tractor and avoid heavily wooded areas.