Some animal diseases can be transmitted to humans. There is a small risk of children acquiring infections such as E.coli, Cryptosporidium, Campylobacter and Salmonella. These organisms can be found in some farm animals and may be contacted by hand to mouth contact.

As it is difficult to stop very young children from putting their hands in their mouths after touching the animals, we advise that children under 3 years old DO NOT touch the farm animals.

1. Children must be supervised at all times.

2. Wash your hands using soap and running water, before eating, drinking or smoking, children must be supervised during hand washing.

3. Hand gels must not be used as a substitute to hand washing.

4. Do not allow children under 3 years to touch the animals.

5. Do not allow children to kiss the animals.

6. Children should not put fingers in their mouths.

7. No eating or drinking in animal barns or animal contact areas.

8. Do not allow children to climb on walls, fences or gates.

9. All cuts, wounds and grazes must be covered with a waterproof dressing to avoid infection.

10. Remove dummies from toddling children in the animal barns or animal contact areas.

11. Wear suitable clothing and footwear, take into account the weather.

12. Stay with your group.

13. Smoking is not permitted everywhere on the farm, 2 designated smoking areas are clearly sign posted within the farm.

14. Do not stray into prohibited areas.

15. Ensure all responsible adults are aware of the rules.

Pregnant Women

Female sheep (Ewes) are sometimes infected with an organism called Chlamydia Psittaci, which can cause miscarriage in women. This risk is very small, but it is important to be aware of the potential problem. We advise pregnant women NOT TO TOUCH sheep, goats or their offspring.

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