Livestock/Horse Hurricane Preparations
With hurricane Isaias approaching, please be sure that your family and livestock are prepared. Have plenty of feed and hay on hand for all animals both livestock and domestic. Be sure to have common wound care needs for small cuts that wouldn’t need veterinary care. Walk fence lines to look for any weak points and if any weak points are found, fix them before the storm hits. Also, make sure barns and pasture shelters are storm ready. We know hurricanes bring in strong winds, your shelter structures need to be sturdy enough to withstand the intense weather, especially if animals will be housed in these structures. All animals should be up to date on shots, both livestock and domestic. Make sure that all animals have IDs on so if lost owners can be notified.
Things to have on an ID:
- Animal’s name
- Owner’s name
- Owner’s phone number & address
- Heath conditions
This information can be written on a halter or on an ear tag. There are ear tags at the Craven, Jones, and Pamlico offices for anyone that needs them.
Evacuation points have been put in place for livestock/horse owners that need to move their animals in Craven, Jones, and Pamlico Counties. Please know for the safety of everyone, animals need to be moved at least 24 hrs before the storm is predicted to make landfall. If you need to move your animals or have any questions please call Katie Carter, Area Livestock Agent at (252) 876-5606.