The Stanislaus County Farm Bureau reminds farmers to:
- Always treat your employees and animals how you would want to be treated.
- All operations should be aware of who is on their facilities and who may be observing from off-site.
- Third-party, non-farm and non-regulatory groups are observing employees and animals and have taken liberties to report any situations they deem unsafe or unhealthy to authorities.
- You have the right to refuse entry to anyone, including a state agency, unless they have a search warrant. Always ask for proper ID.
- Be prepared and be up to date on all training and proper employee documentation, as well as any industry husbandry certifications.
- Take the opportunity to educate a non-farm person with your husbandry practices. This may help deflate potential hostile situations and it may teach the person(s) that what they perceive as a bad situation is not a bad situation for the animal or employee.
- Keep other producers and industry organizations informed when you have an incident.
More information on Injury Illness Prevention Plans can be found in the June issue of Dairy Herd Management. Read: Knock, knock it’s OSHA