All animals naturally carry a range of micro-organisms which are capable of being passed on to humans. Some can even cause ill health. Please read our guidelines carefully so as to make your visit safe and enjoyable.

The Health and Safety Executive has produced Guidelines for farmers and teachers: HSE AIS123 Avoiding ill health at open farms – Advice to farmers, (with an additional supplement for teachers).

Before You Start Your Visit
  • Warn children not to eat, drink or chew whilst touring the Farm or Animal Management.
  • Please keep cuts, grazes etc covered with a waterproof dressing.
  • Follow instructions given to you by staff: they are for your safety.
During Your Visit
  • Hands should be washed prior to eating.
  • Make sure that children do not kiss animals, or allow animals to lick faces
  • Prevent children from sucking fingers or putting things in their mouth
  • Do not touch manure or slurry
  • Ensure that dummies are washed thoroughly if they fall to the ground
  • Do not allow the children to touch or eat the animals’ food
  • If you are pregnant, keep away from new born lambs and ewes
  • Do not allow children to chase, frighten or torment animals
  • Do not eat or drink anything in the area where animals are kept
  • Wash and dry hands or use antiseptic gel after contact with animals or touching fences and gates, and on leaving the farm
  • Pupils should stay in their allocated groups with an adult leader at all times
After Your Visit
  • Check shoes, boots, clothing and pushchair/ wheelchair wheels are free from manure and wash hands after taking off shoes and clothes.
  • If anyone who has visited the farm becomes ill after the visit, tell your GP as it may help with the diagnosis. This is especially important for diarrhoea and/or vomiting. It can take up to two weeks for some infections to become apparent.