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Advice for farmers admid coronavirus fears

Advice for farmers admid coronavirus fears

Published by Beth Pridding
4:30pm 31st March 2020.

Farmers in West Norfolk are being warned they will need to find somebody to care for their animals if they find they have to self-isolate.

The government is warning those with livestock not to tend to their animals if they have symptoms of coronavirus if they can avoid it. 

But, if they are having trouble finding someone to help them out, there is support available. 

Farmers across West Norfolk can get help looking after their livestock if they contact the Animal and Plant Health Agency, or the Department for Environment. 

Government advice says: 

"If you have livestock such as cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, poultry or any other types of livestock you should arrange for someone else who is not self-isolating to care for your animals. 

"Where this is not possible you should ensure the basic needs of your animals are met. You must make sure you wash your hands before and after handling your animals and ensure you remain two metres away from other people. 

"If you are too unwell to care for your animals and there is no one to help, you should call the Animal and Plant Health Agency on 03000 200 301 or the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs via 0808 223 1133."

Norfolk County Council has also given farmers contact details for several mental health charities if they are struggling during this time: 

    • The Farming Community Network (FCN) www.fcn.co.uk or 03000 111 999
    • You Are Not Alone (YANA) www.yanahelp.org
    • National Directory of Rural Support Groups. 0300 323 0400
    • The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) www.rabi.org.uk or 0808 281 9490
    • Samaritans. www.samaritans.org or 116 123
    • Mind. www.mind.org.uk or 0300 123 3393