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More information on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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These simple measures can help protect your farm and your employees to keep your operation running as smoothly and consistently as possible.

How to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on your dairy farm


Coronavirus 

(COVID-19)

Supplying dairy farmers with essential products and providing support is the highest priority at GEA - no matter what challenges we face. 

We understand cows, sheep and goats have to be milked and we are 100% committed to helping you maintain operations, as normally as possible, during this time.

Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers have prepared a range of helpful Coronavirus Information Packs for farmers and their employees. See more information

Ministry of Health

For everything you need to know about COVID-19, including the latest updates, visit the Ministry of Health website here

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth; and wear milking gloves.


Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth, and therefore enter your body. 
On the dairy, always wear your milking gloves and change them on a regular basis to maintain hygiene.

Wash your hands frequently and keep hygienic supplies well-stocked.


Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitiser rub or wash them with soap and water. 
Be sure to keep the farm restrooms and sink areas stocked with disinfectants and soap at all times.

Maintain social distancing and avoid physical contact.


Maintain at least 1.5 metres distance between yourself and anyone who may be coughing or sneezing. 
Avoid physical contact with individuals such as shaking hands or hugging. If possible, limit access of external people on the farm to only essential deliveries and try to solve any issues with suppliers or other partners by phone or email. If a meeting is necessary, reinforce the hand-washing or sanitising procedures among the group, and do it in a ventilated area with plenty of space between individuals.

Make sure all workplaces are frequently cleaned and sanitised.


Surfaces such as tables, breakroom countertops, equipment panels, and objects like telephones and keyboards 
need to be wiped with disinfectant regularly and always between users.

Take measures to prevent transmission.


If any employees have a fever or become sick, they should stay at home and away from other farm workers. Provide face masks and/or paper tissues, for employees throughout the farm operation. Managers should also make a plan for reduced labour availability in the event of illness so the farm is prepared to get cows milked, fed, and cared for appropriately. 

If any fever, coughing, or respiratory symptoms become severe, contact your local GP or Healthline on 0800 358 5453.