We are heading into one of the busiest times of year for Alberta farms.
farms will begin seeding in the next month or so and ranches will be
planning for activities on the farm that involve more cattle handling
like calving and branding.
This is an exciting time, when we are
all optimistic for a great year ahead, it’s also a worrying time for us
in the safety world.
Busy times means more people on your farms
and ranches, more activities happening and more stress. The months of
May and June see higher rates of injury on farms and ranches.
encourage you to take a moment to stop and refresh everyone on your farm
team about best practices for moving animals and equipment. As you
bring new people on for the season take time to ensure that they are
oriented so that the farm team is all working with “common knowledge”
(which is much better than common sense). Remember these people are the
most valuable assets to your operation, so let’s keep them safe and
Don’t forget all those COVID-19 practices you put in
place last spring either. As the third wave is growing, we want to make
sure everyone gets through this season healthy.
Alberta, we have several resources available to help you keep yourself,
your staff and your family safe on the farm and ranch in the next couple
See below for quick reminders and tips around machinery
and farm equipment safety, managing your fatigue (and that of your
staff), keeping everyone on your farm focused on safety, and safe animal
handling tips for branding and calving.
Good luck and stay safe!
Questions or concerns? We are always here to help you out. Contact our team anytime:
– General inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org | 403-219-7901
– Hotline for incidence assistance: 1-833-9AGSAFE
AgSafe Executive Director