All animals naturally carry a range of micro-organisms, some of which can be transmitted to humans, in whom they may cause ill health, which in some cases may be severe or life threatening. You should assume that all animals (including birds) carry micro-organisms such as E.coli 0157 that could represent a hazzard to human health, even if the animals look clean and healthy.
What to do when visiting the farm:
DO NOT put hands on faces or fingers in mouths while petting animals or walking around the farm.
DO NOT kiss farm animals nor allow children to put their faces close to animals.
DO NOT eat or drink while touching animals or walking around the farm. This includes not eating sweets, crisps or chewing gum.
DO NOT use antibacteral gels or cleansing wipes, they are not an acceptable substitute for proper hand washing.
DO wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after you have touched animals, fences or other surfaces in animal areas.
DO wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water before eating and drinking.
DO supervise children closely to ensure taht they wash their hands thoroughly.
DO eat and drink in picnic areas or cafe only
Pregnant women need to take particular care.
Please ask at the office if you require any further information.
Remember children are your responsibility while on the farm.
You should supervise children closely during your visit, especially duriing hand washing to make sure that each child washes thoroughly.
Allow plenty of time for hand washing before eating or leaving the site so that children do not have to rush. Supervising adults should also ensure they wash their hands thoroughly.
After your visit
If you or anyone in your group is sick or has diarrhoea within two weeks of visiting a farm, contact your GP or call the NHS on 111 as soon as possible. If anyone in your group, particularly a young child, has bloody diarrhoea, seek immediate medical attention.