LDAF asking farmers to move livestock and equipment to higher ground

BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) – The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry is asking livestock owners to move their animals before heavy rains accumulate on their property. 

Along with your animals, LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M. stated “With the threat of heavy rains and possible flooding, it is definitely time to move livestock and equipment to higher ground, if necessary.”

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry provided this information in a press release:

“Identify an area on the property that is least likely to flood and where livestock can quickly and easily be moved when severe weather threatens the area.

Livestock owners who need assistance should call their local Office of Emergency Preparedness (OEP). For additional information related to pets during disasters, contact your local animal control and/or OEP.

While no evacuations are ordered at this time, the LDAF is designated by the Louisiana Homeland Security and Emergency Assistance and Disaster Act to evacuate, transport and shelter household pets during declared emergencies. The LDAF now has two mobile pet shelters to assist in keeping family pets in close proximity to their owners when an evacuation is necessary.

Heavy wind gusts are also expected in some areas. “Hopefully, citizens have already removed dead trees or cut back tree limbs hanging over homes or businesses to mitigate potential damage caused by high winds,” added Strain. “That is something we remind everyone to do prior to hurricane season. And of course, we urge using a licensed arborist to cut trees around your property because they are trained and must maintain liability insurance.”

The LDAF mobile horticulture application (app) allows users to verify individuals claiming to be landscaping or other horticulture professionals. The app, called LDAF Business Search, may be downloaded for free at the iTunes and Google Play stores.  

Hurricane season ends November 30. For more information on emergency preparation for livestock and pets, visit www.LDAF.la.gov  and click on the Emergency Programs icon on the right hand side of the page.

For more information on how to prepare a family and business plan, go to www.getagameplan.org.”

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