What Every Grazier Needs in Their First Aid Toolkit (on Solar Sites)
For our October 2023 ASGA Call, we put together a panel of veterinarians and experienced graziers to discuss how they handle some of the biggest health issues that come up in a solar grazing system.
In this clip the panelists gave us some fantastic practical advice about this topic: “What every solar grazier should put in their sheep first aid box: What equipment do you need to bring to a solar site?”
Here’s what they recommend for their first aid toolkit-
- You need to have a good relationship with the veterinarians these days – so have a doctor’s name and phone number taped to your dashboard.
- Keep halters in your truck
- Shepherd’s crook
- A small aluminum gate-based pen for sites that are not close to your farm
- Multiple pairs of foot clippers
- Deworming medication and antibiotics
- General eye medication/ointment
- For wound care, have a pocket knife, as well as beta-dine and some gauze, in case you need to clean something up. It’s good to have things like epsom salts.
- Bandage scissors
- Notebook and pen to keep records
- Fly spray
- Small bucket with grain
- Cindy Wolf – Veterinarian from the University of Minnesota,
- Judy St. Leger – Veterinary pathologist, solar grazier, and Founding ASGA Member
- Caroline Owens – ASGA Board Member with a long history raising sheep, experienced solar grazier, and Founding ASGA Member.
📹 Watch the full recording here if you’re an ASGA member.