Cold Weather Advice for Farmers

During periods of bad weather farmers will already be working to ensure livestock is protected from the severe weather and that food and water is available. Farmers will be best placed to identify and source feed and water for their animals, for example by co-operating with neighbours if supplies run short or access is difficult.


It is important to ensure that where animals are kept outside drinking water troughs etc. are kept free of ice and that if pipes and other water supply fittings are blocked water is taken to the animals regularly.

If you face serious difficulties in sourcing supplies to protect the welfare of your animals, contact one of the organisations listed at the end of this page who will try and identify solutions in co-operation with each other. Suffolk Trading Standards have statutory responsibilities in relation to animal health and welfare on farms, at markets and in transport, and can provide further advice and support.

As with farmed livestock, horses and ponies usually kept outside during the winter should have access to shelter at all times and a regular provision of feed and water ensured. Where such provision is inadequate, owners should consider moving the animals and/or permanently stabling in the interim period. Water supplies for all horses and ponies should be checked regularly and alternatives sources supplied if mains failure occurs.

Sources of help and advice

  • Suffolk Trading Standards – 01473 264859
  • Farm Crisis Network – Telephone 0845 367 9990
  • Animal Health offices contact details
  • NFU Members – Telephone 0870 845 8458
  • RSPCA can be contacted by calling – Telephone 0300 1234 999

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