Interim Guidance for Animal Care Operations

Ashley McFarland, Area Livestock Specialist
Central New York Dairy and Field Crops

March 25, 2020

This guidance is provided for animal agriculture workers to include those employed in veterinary health; manufacturing and distribution of animal medical materials and supplies, animal vaccines, animal drugs, feed, and bedding, etc.; raising of animals; animal production operations; transportation of live animals, animal medical supplies; transportation of deceased animals for disposal; livestock markets, including live bird markets, slaughter and packing plants. It also includes equine operations and companion animal/pet stores and shelters; veterinary services for equine, companion animal and other businesses considered essential; and related support/service operations.


Background:

In December 2019, a new respiratory disease called Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) was detected in China. COVID-19 is caused by a virus (SARS-CoV-2) that is part of a large family of viruses called coronaviruses.
On March 20, 2020, Governor Cuomo signed the PAUSE" Executive Order, a 10-point policy to assure uniform safety for everyone. It includes a new directive that all non-essential businesses statewide must close in-office personnel functions effective at 8PM on Sunday, March 22. Essential businesses are exempt from this guidance. Animal care operations, as defined below, have been deemed essential and are exempt.
Animal Care Operations:
For purposes of Executive Order 202.6, animal care operations are defined as the following businesses/activities: 

Livestock/Equine/Captive Cervids

• Feeding • Barn or facility maintenance, stall cleaning and enclosure repair • Turnout and exercise • Essential hoof maintenance and veterinary care • Transportation necessary to meet any of the above functions • Agribusiness that supports any of the above functions

Companion Animals

• Care and feeding of companion animals in shelters, kennels, rescues, operations and pet stores • Pet food manufacturers, distributors, and retailers • Essential veterinary care, including spay/neuter, treatment for infectious disease • Animal shelters receiving seized, lost or abandoned animals • Adoption of animals from within New York State • Pet boarding facilities • Service dog training and care

If a business does not fall within this guidance, but you believe that it is essential or it is an entity providing essential services or functions, you may request designation as an essential business. To request designation as an essential business, please click here.

Animal Care/Boarding Facilities:
If you have an animal at a privately-owned facility, terms regarding client use and visitation rests with that business owner. Social distancing must be adhered to.
For equine: It is permissible to have horse owners as the primary providers of daily care for their own horses at boarding facilities, however business owners and horse owners must collaborate to minimize the number of people in the stable and to adhere to social distancing.
*There is no evidence that animals, including pets, in the United States might be a source of infection/can spread this new coronavirus. To date, CDC has not received any reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19.

FOR EMPLOYEES

Cleaning/Disinfecting and Social Distancing:

All privately-owned facilities must practice social distancing, and proper cleaning and sanitizing of the facility. This includes:

  • • Regular hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds should be done:
  • • Before and after eating.
  • • After sneezing, coughing, or nose blowing.
  • • After touching face, hair, cellphone and/or clothing.
  • • After using the restroom.
  • • Before handling food.
  • • After touching or cleaning surfaces that may be contaminated.
  • • After using shared equipment and supplies.
  • • Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or the corner of elbow.
  • • Dispose of soiled tissues immediately after use.

It is encouraged to post signage with hand washing procedures in prominent locations. Clean and disinfect buildings and equipment as outlined in this guidance.

For additional information, visit the links below:

NYS Department of Agriculture and MarketsNYS Department of HealthCDC COVID Guidance for AnimalsCDC COVID FAQ for AnimalsCDC COVID Guidance for Pet Owners if in Isolation

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During this time away from the field we have had quite a few producer's asking about certifications offered online.

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Employee onboarding is a management process to bring new employees into the farm business, complete necessary paperwork, equip them with safety and performance knowledge and skills, and help them feel connected to and engaged with a worthwhile team.

Find all the details at their website: http://agworkforce.cals.cornell.edu/onboarding/

Resources for Farm Business Safety Plan Required

As the New York Forward plan is implemented across the state, businesses of all kinds are required to have a COVID-19 written safety plan in place. Both essential agricultural businesses that have remained open throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and those non-food related agricultural businesses who will re-open must have a safety plan. A task force of Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) specialists developed a new set of resources to help farms comply with this requirement and efficiently prepare plans during this busy time of the year. NY Forward Business Safety Plan Support for Farms contains:
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  • Considerations and Examples for Your Plan
  • Key References and Support Documents
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New York Forward is the state's plan to begin re-opening in phases as regions of the state achieve certain COVID-19 management metrics. An important part of New York Forward is for all businesses to have a customized, written safety plan that details specifically how each business will prevent and manage COVID-19. Details for particular industries, including agriculture can be found here.

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Team Programming and the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak

To all of our valued program participants and partners:

The Central NY Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Team will not be conducting any meetings or in person assistance until further notice. All scheduled meetings have been cancelled as we look to support efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19. If possible we may move them to an online format.

We will continue to monitor the situation and keep in touch with you.

Please continue to reach out to us by cell phone, email, and text as we will gladly respond. We will also continue to contact you by those same methods as we put out newsletters or share other pertinent pieces of information.

Again we are still here expecting to assist you as always, just for the near future not in the in-person way we have in the past.

Stay healthy.

Erik Smith, Field Crop Specialist
David Balbian, Area Dairy Specialist
Ashley McFarland, Area Livestock Specialist
Nicole Tommell, Area Ag Business Management Specialist

COVID-19 response:
Need information? View the following Cornell CALS and CCE Resource Pages Updated Regularly
General Questions & Links: NY Extension Disaster Education Network 
Food Production, Processing & Safety Questions 
Employment & Agricultural Workforce Questions
Cornell Small Farms Resiliency Resources  


Prevention & Control of the Novel Coronavirus for Farms

Find the an article on how to prevent and control the Novel Coronavirus on farms at: Novel Coronavirus Prevention & Control for Farms

Interim Guidance for Animal Care Operations

Interim Guidance for Animal Care Operations release from New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets on March 22, 2020.  Find article here

Links to Services

As we navigate through some very uncharted territory over the next few days/weeks/ months, the CNYDFLC team would like to offer you a list of services that may be of help to your farm business. Remember, our entire team is only a phone call, email or video conference away. Please do not hesitate to contact us if a need arises, we will do our best to assist you in the ways previously mentioned.  Find our contact information for each team member on the Contact Us page.

The list of websites and/or phone numbers can be found at our Resource page


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