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Farm visits

Visiting an open farm or agricultural show is a fun and educational way to get children out in the spring and summer months. If you don’t get a chance to visit one, farm staff sometimes bring a selection of animals along to local schools, community groups and shopping centres. 

But, sometimes on these visits children can come into contact with bacteria such as E. coli O157 (often referred to simply as E-coli) and other germs. 

Pregnant women need be particularly careful and should especially avoid contact with lambs and their droppings.

Here are a few simple do's and don'ts to help you enjoy your visit and keep you and your children safe. 

  • Remove and clean boots or shoes that might have become soiled and clean pushchair wheels.
  • Eat and drink in picnic areas only.
  • Don’t put hands on faces or fingers in mouths while petting animals or walking round the farm.
  • Never kiss farm animals or allow children to put their faces close to animals.
  • Do not eat or drink anything while touching animals or walking round the farm.
For more information contact us or visit the Health and Safety Executive website
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