10 Simple Ways to Keep You Safe on Your Farm


| 5/26/2016 10:48:00 AM


Tags: saftey, preparedness, raising livestock, goats, dairy goats, cattle, farm chores, Julia Shewchuk, Florida,

Before we get into the article - so many of you have asked us to share a video of our farm, so here it is — Life By the Bucket. Many thanks to students from the G-Star Filmschool in West Palm Beach. Enjoy.

1. The Safe Way to Open Gates

Always open pasture and pen gates into the pasture or pen, not out! When you enter into a pasture or pen, opening any gate inwards turns the gate into a barrier between you and the animals. If they rush you to get to feed or hay you are carrying, or just to escape, the gate will shut instead of flying wide open and letting everything escape.

This can be quite funny if someone opens the gate the wrong way and all the just weaned babies run out and scatter into the alleyway, but that can also be dangerous if that gate leads to a highway or the escaping animal is an 1,800-pound bull.

ronnywil
9/20/2017 9:07:42 AM

Even better is having a latch or stop in place that only allows the gate to open inward. If something pushes at the gate, it closes and won't push outward. It can be installed so that, if need be, you can swing the gate outward by lifting the latch or stop up.


ronnywil
9/20/2017 9:05:23 AM

Even better is having a latch or stop in place that only allows the gate to open inward. If something pushes at the gate, it closes and won't push outward. It can be installed so that, if need be, you can swing the gate outward by lifting the latch or stop up.





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