LSU School of Veterinary Medicine Hurricane Preparedness Links:
You can’t fully prepare for every disaster. But it’s your responsibility to care for your animals during these times. Create a plan before disaster strikes.
Video: Are you prepared to protect and transport your horses, livestock and pets during hurricane season?
Beef cattle pose special problems when it comes to mass evacuation, so plans should be made weeks in advance of a potential disaster. (PDF Format Only)
Because of their relatively small size compared to cattle and horses, mass evacuation of goats and sheep is possible if plans are made weeks in advance of a potential disaster.
Well in advance of a potential disaster, producers should evaluate their herd health programs with their veterinarian. Horses that undergo evacuation either before or after a disaster will be stressed and are likely to be commingled with other horses and livestock. (PDF Format Only)
Cattle, goats, horses, pigs and sheep surviving hurricanes or other disasters are vulnerable to several diseases, including infectious diseases and toxicities. (PDF Format Only)
Although cattle can survive for days without food, a supply of clean, fresh water is essential to keep animals alive following a disaster. Rules of thumb for calculating necessary trough space also included.
Meeting the most basic nutrient requirements needed for survival should be the goal when feeding cattle following a disaster. Feeding basics, feeding water-damaged hay or feed and salvaging flood-damaged hay and feeds included.
Biosecurity plans control the introduction and spread of disease by evaluating and addressing the primary routes of disease transmission. An effective biosecurity plan will control several diseases at one time. (PDF Format Only)
Hurricane Katrina was devastating to Louisiana’s dairy producers. However, advanced planning can help producers minimize the loss of animal lives and the health problems associated with all disasters. (PDF format only)