Hurricane Dorian Poses Problems for Those with Livestock


Hurricane Dorian is slowly moving up the coast of Florida after battering the Bahamas.

While the Category 5 storm is not projected to make its way across the state, the outer bands could still lead to high winds and heavy rain in north central Florida.

Those who own horses and livestock are at risk of losing animals in the storm.

“One of the best things folks can do especially if they are in one of the zones predicted to be the most affected is to go ahead and place identification on horses and livestock,” said Carisa Wickens, an assistant professor of animal sciences and extension equine specialist with UF/IFAS.

Wickens also said horses can have plastic collars put around their necks with the owner’s contact information on them. Writing the information on the horse with non-toxic livestock marker or paint is also an option.

Owners should have fresh feed and water on hand for after the hurricane. Water can be stored in trash cans lined with trash bags to keep it clean. Having feed and water for livestock after hurricanes is a recurring problem, so UF/IFAS has been working to make sure there are places for owners to get feed for their animals.

More information for hurricane resources from UF/IFAS can be found at its disaster website.

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