September: Stop & Think When Working With Animals
Whether you are new or experienced with working on a dairy farm, it is important to remember to be cautious around every animal.
Maria Forry of Oregon Dairy explained that in May, one of their employees suffered injuries from being kicked in the head while reaching underneath a cow while in the parlor. As a result, the employee had to spend time in the hospital and went through rehabilitation to recover from the accident.
“It was a good reminder for everyone to stop and think before automatic instinct to reach under a cow,” Maria said. “Even when something gets dropped or kicked, get something to pull the item out from underneath versus reaching for it.”