Tips for livestock owners who may be affected by spring floods

Due to the imminent flooding this spring from historically high snow packs in Utah, and a late spring snow melt thus far, it is expected that there will be a significant amount of agricultural land affected. The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, Division of Animal Industry is recommending that livestock owners in potentially-affected areas take sufficient precautions and preventive measures to protect livestock, farm buildings and agriculture assets. Livestock owners should consider the following items when planning to prevent damage or harm to their agriculture assets due to potential flooding: 1. Significant flooding can occur in a matter of minutes requiring that livestock owners plan well in advance to move animals out of harms way as the flood water will be extremely cold and may be very swift. 2. Flood water has the potential of containing contaminates that normal stream/river water does not. It is therefore not recommended to leave livestock in pastures that may be susceptible to flood waters (including flooded ponds and catch basins). 3. Flooded pastures will expose livestock to a higher number of parasites. 4. Livestock owners should consider access routes to their animals when determining where to move them (can the pastures be accessed without passing through flooded fields or streams to provide fresh water, feed, animal observation, calving issues, etc?) 5. Farm buildings and infrastructure may be at risk to flood waters. Are there any preventive measures that may decrease damage/losses on your farm? 6. Waterways can become clogged with debris and increase the chance of flooding in low lying areas. Survey and clean waterways on or near your property to allow high stream flows to be contained in stream banks. 7. Access to your farms may be limited or cut off during high water flows and flooding. What contingencies may be available for product delivery to your farm or commodity pick up from your farm in the face of an anticipated flood outage of a road or utility shortage? 8. Feed supplies are critical to livestock operations and continued production. Survey your storage areas and protect them as appropriate from potential flood waters.

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