COVID-19 and your farm

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The National Centre for Farmer Health has provided some information to help farmers plan for Coronavirus (Covid-19) and their farm.  The simple message is to wash your hands regularly, stay at home and self-isolate if you are unwell.

Thinking about your farm calendar:

  • Plan as far ahead as possible and be prepared for increasing restrictions on travel and movements as the need to further control the spread continues
  • Plan for social distancing in the farm workplace
  • Supplies, parts, and agrichemicals may become in short supply so consider methods to reduce usage
  • Plan for being unwell and needing to rest in bed ie what are the absolute essential tasks which need to be done
  • Caring for children if schools are closed or school holidays extended – particularly if your partner works in essential services
  • Contract agricultural staff may be difficult to source with overseas visas and travel bans in place
  • Commodity prices may be affected and the possible stresses for that
  • Shortage of respiratory masks—your farm PPE may need to be used
  • Using products other than toilet paper will block your septic tanks

Continue to exercise, drink plenty of water, eat healthy food, get plenty of sleep, attend regular medical check-ups, make time to keep in touch and connect with family electronically during this period.

For more information:

Coronavirus Health Information Line on: 1800 020 080

Beyond Blue Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service: 1800 512 348

Australian Department of Agriculture Coronavirus
(COVID-19) Advice: 1800 900 090 https://www.agriculture.gov.au/coronavirus

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