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Nationwide News: Create a safe dairy operation

This June, dairy leaders, farmers and communities from across America will celebrate National Dairy Month. What began 76 years ago as a way to stabilize dairy demand when production was at a surplus has evolved into an annual traditiona of celebrating the important contributions of the dairy industry.
While the dairy producers in our communities are honored, Nationwide encourages producers to mark the occasion by considering the safety of their operations.

“Dairy workers can have a high injury rate,” said Jerry Hillard, AVP of farm sales, Nationwide. “Taking proper precautions can prevent many accidents. And that can have a bottom-line impact.”

By working as a partner with your farm insurance agent, we can help prevent many accidents from happening. Nationwide agribusiness provides a checklist to help dairy farmers think through risks and exposures. The checklist covers:

  • Buildings and structures
  • Animal facilities
  • Electrical
  • Fire protection
  • Fuels and chemicals
  • Machinery and farm equipment

Creating more safety on dairy operations is really something to celebrate during National Dairy Month. For more safety information, talk to your Nationwide farm agent.

To get you started, here are a few safety tips from each category:

Buildings and structures

  • Keep doors and gates to hazardous areas closed and secured
  • Protect outside ramps and steps to prevent rain or other liquids from freezing
  • Test backup generators regularly
  • Make first aid kits available and post emergency numbers in every building

Animal facilities

  • Train employees on the safe operation of power crowd gates and entry/exit gates
  • Ensure fences, gates and other confining devices are in good working order
  • Don’t allow children to play in or around barns, pens or feedlots


  • Make sure electrical panel covers are in place on circuit breaker boxes, junction boxes and control panels to prevent dust accumulation and exposure to weather
  • Ensure workers know the locations of the electrical main, gas and water valves and release valves for hot water heaters
  • Use electrical connections in dry areas only

Fire protection

  • Install a 10-pound or larger ABC (all-purpose) fire extinguisher in all buildings and barns
  • Put in place a maintenance schedule for checking fire extinguishers
  • Equip individual ventilation fans in each building with their own circuits and current safety devices. (Overheating barn fan motors are a leading cause of fire in barns and other outbuildings.)


  • Properly label fuel storage tanks to show contents
  • Locate fuel/chemical tanks at least 25 feet from any farm building
  • Put in place a documented plan for disposing of empty containers or leftover chemicals

Machinery/Farm equipment

  • Inspect all power equipment for proper shielding and guarding
  • Require all drivers and passengers to wear seatbelts while operating trucks and cars
  • Keep children and non-workers off of and away from machinery and wagons
*A.M. Best Market Share DWP 2017.
Based on statutory data

Learn more about Nationwide farm insurance and other commercial coverages. Find a local Nationwide agent.

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