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Horse Operations Contingency Farm Plans

The University of Minnesota Extension Livestock Team has released a set of customizable forms that can be used to create an operations contingency plan for their farm. The contingency forms are meant to provide livestock owners a starting point to outline essential livestock care if they and/or their managers become sick with COVID-19 or another emergency occurs. In these situations, care would likely need to be administered by a non-household member. The contingency plan is meant to cover short-term (e.g. 30 days), essential care only and is not meant to serve as a comprehensive care plan. The intended use of these forms is for emergency planning purposes.

Operations contingency plan templates for both privately owned horse farms and boarding or training horse farms are available on the Extension Horse Website. Forms (fillable PDFs) must be first downloaded and saved to a computer, and then can be completed and printed. Templates are also available for dairy, beef, swine, poultry, honeybee, and small ruminant operations on the  Extension website.   

Information provided by

Krishona Martinson, PhD
Professor | Equine Extension Specialist | Extension Livestock Program Leader


Preparing for the Rain, Standing Water and Mud

Preparing for wet, muddy seasons can be beneficial in terms of helping maintain the productivity of pastures. At a facility prepare or design a sacrifice area or small paddock that is “sacrificed” in terms of allowing the horses to stay in this area while keeping them off the pasture. They can stay in this area when pastures are wet and muddy, in the spring when allowing a pasture to grow, when spraying a pasture with herbicides etc.