Clear debris in fields:
- Dress in protective clothing to clear debris from fields
- Clear away glass and metal shards as they can damage
machinery and tires.
- If grazing cattle swallow storm debris such as nails, wire,
fence staples or other metal, the animal can die. Putting
magnets into the stomachs of cattle is the best way to
protect them from “hardware disease.” Stomach magnets
can be administered with a balling gun, often used to
administer pills. You can get magnets from your veterinarian
or animal health products supplier.
- If you have a feed mill, grinder-mixer, TMR mixer, or forage harvester equipped
with a magnet, make sure the magnet is in place and working properly.
Dispose of animal carcasses:
- Carcasses must be disposed of as soon as reasonably
- Bury a carcass 5 feet above the high water level and
cover with 3 feet of dirt. Avoid sandy or gravelly areas,
or areas within 10 feet of bedrock.
- Incinerating a carcass must be done in an incinerator that
has been approved by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.
- Haul carcasses or animal parts only in vehicles or containers that are leakproof
Plan when rebuilding your farm:
Although floods and storms are tragic, they may present an opportunity to
improve or expand your farming facilities. When facing major repairs or rebuilding,
consider streamlining a pig flow problem, consolidating your manure handling,
expanding a dairy operation, or relocating a facility to a more desirable spot. The
decision to build a new facility or fix an existing one should be made after getting
solid bids. It is probably better to rebuild if the cost of repairs is more than two-thirds
of the cost of a new building.
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