COVID-19: Agriculture and Farming

COVID 19 - Agriculture and Farming Business Support

The Scottish Government issued advice (28 March 2020) on caring for animals during the outbreak. All animal owners are advised to:

  • consider how they would continue to care for their animals if self-isolating
  • keep dogs from self-isolating households on a lead when in public
  • follow general hygiene measures.

Useful information and guidance from Scottish Government

Guidance on statutory testing of livestock (3 April 2020)

Guidance on measures you can take to manage the risk associated with coronavirus together with the ongoing need to protect animal health and welfare and to avoid the long-term consequence of loss of disease control measures.

Coronavirus advice for owners of companion animals and livestock (28 March 2020)

This information includes advice about precautions to take with live animals or animal products.

There is currently no evidence that livestock or companion animals such as dogs and cats can be infected with coronavirus.

Emergency plan form

The RSABI (Supporting People in Scottish Agriculture) and Farm Advisory Service have developed an emergency plan form you can complete now in case of illness so that someone can take over the day to day jobs if you’re unable to do so. Keep it safe and make someone aware where to find it if needed.

Farm based businesses

Visit the National Farmers Union website for up to date support and guidance about coronavirus.

Livestock owners

Livestock Owners can contact the Royal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent Institution on 0300 111 4166 (7am – 11pm) or visit the Royal Scottish Agriculture Benevolent Institution website.

Health and Safety Executive 

HSE has published a guide to working safely during the coronavirus. The guidance covers:

  1. Risk assessment
  2. Talking to workers and provide information
  3. Working from home
  4. Making your workplace ‘COVID secure’
  5. Protecting vulnerable workers
  6. Cleaning, hygiene and hand sanitiser
  7. Where to get further help