Nationwide® members file claims for animal “breakouts” on their farms and ranches that total close to $8 million a year. Consider these best practices to help you keep people and animals safe on your farm or ranch.
From broken fences/gates and trampled crops when animals enter someone else’s property, to vehicular accidents from a farm animal on the roadway — damages occur when animals break containment.
To prevent escapes and maintain safe containment, ensure gates, chains, chutes, fences, corrals and headgates are properly secured, maintained and repaired. And when restraining animals, make sure you’re using equipment properly and consistently.
When handling livestock, proper protective clothing such as gloves and steel-toe boots should be worn. Ensure handling areas are clear of children/bystanders, and beware of these unpredictable animal behaviors:
Ensure proper training and understanding of hazards associated with animals being handled.
Recognizing aggressive behavior, and knowing proper reaction techniques, is important to safe farm/ranch living. Watch for warning signs:
Prevent losses involving your animals with these tips:
Livestock is not the only animals to consider. Many claims result from visitors, contractors or workers being bitten by family pets. Properly containing your dog can decrease your chance of a claim. Post signage that you have a dog and make it visible to anyone entering your property.
For more farm safety tips, contact your local Nationwide farm agent or visit mynsightonline.com.
* By direct written premium, AM Best (2018). Based on statutory data.
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