Keeping safe at cobble hey


Cobble Hey Farm is a working farm, and farm animals and their faecal matter can carry infectious diseases, the most widely known organisms being E.Coli 0157 and Cryptosporidium Parvum (or Crypto for short). In order to keep you and your family safe please wash your hands regularly, especially before eating or putting anything in children’s mouths.


Safety Procedures:

  • Always wash your hands thoroughly with WATER and ANTIBACTERIAL SOAP after contact with any of our animals or pens, before eating, and before going home.

  • Running water hand wash facilities can be found in the:

    • Animal barn

    • Play barn

    • Toilets

    • Near piggery

  • IT IS NOT ENOUGH TO USE ANTIBACTERIAL HAND GELS - PLEASE USE THE RUNNING WATER HAND WASH FACILITIES AVAILABLE.

  • Children must be supervised whilst using the hand wash facilities and the facilities must be used correctly.

  • Only eat in the designated areas such as the cafe and picnic areas, DO NOT eat in any areas with animals.

  • Please do not feed any animals, unless as part of a farm organised feeding event/time.

  • Please prevent children from putting their hands in their mouths, and if they have a toy, dummy, bottle, blanket or anything else, please take extra care in ensuring it is kept clean.

  • Pregnant ladies are advised not to touch the sheep or lambs.

  • Smoking is only allowed in outdoor areas, as to comply with the Law.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE NHS ADVISED HAND WASHING PROCEDURE

We take great care in ensuring our facilities are kept clean and safe for everyone who visits our farm. However there will always be a risk through the very nature of our business and allowing people to interact with our animals. Therefore we ask for your support when visiting our farm in keeping yourself safe by following our advice and making use of the washing facilities available.

Possible routes of infection are:

  • eating undercooked meat, particularly minced meat, often in the form of burgers.

  • drinking raw (green top) milk or treated milk that has become contaminated after it has been pasteurised.

  • contact with streams, ponds and similar watercourses.

  • drinking unchlorinated water

  • infection from pets and farm animals.


E.Coli 0157:

Information - CLICK HERE

Symptoms and treatment - CLICK HERE

Cryptosporidium Parvum

Information - CLICK HERE

Symptoms and treatment - CLICK HERE