At a recent preparedness talk, an attendee mentioned having a dairy farm and a feeling of not being prepared to care for the animals. In the linked article, the SDSU Extension talk briefly about Emergency Preparedness on Dairies.
Dairies lend themselves to some unique circumstances when it comes to farm emergencies involving livestock. Why? Milking at the farm occurs 365 days of the year. This requires a source of energy to milk the cows, cool the milk and provide water, feed and manure removal for the cows. Secondly, there is often a large number of animals in a concentrated area requiring numerous people to care for the animals. There is oftentimes limited English proficiency, and communication in an emergency can be challenging.