I love this time of year as the fields are all turning green. I
can see calves out on pasture and it seems to be daylight forever. These
things can also be dangerous, so this month we are looking at working
remotely and working alone. Do you have a plan in place if something
goes wrong? If that cow puts the run on you and hurts you while trying
to treat the calf, will you be able to call for help, and who will you
call? These long daylight hours lead to us trying to get more done in a
day, which makes it even more important to schedule time for breaks as
you find that optimal window for spraying.
I also wanted to
provide you with some information on COVID-19 vaccinations today. There
are many resources available from the government to help you encourage
your employees to get vaccinated. The Canadian Agricultural Safety
Association (CASA) recently hosted a Vaccine information for farmers and
rural Canadians webinar, which you can access here, to provide information and answer questions.
an employer you can provide this information to your staff, but be
aware that there are some legal concerns if you want to make vaccination
mandatory. It is recommended that you reach out to legal counsel prior
to doing this. Also keep in mind that you cannot ask your employees if
they have had the vaccination. Feel free to reach out to AgSafe Alberta
if you have questions.
Lastly, the kids will soon be home for
summer, so we encourage you to review the youth farm work resources
below as you look for jobs for them to do on the farm.