We are braced for increased calls during cold snap

Group of free range laying hens in snow © RSPCA Photolibrary

We are urging farmers to get in touch if they need help with their animals caught in the predicted snow, ice and sub-zero temperatures.

With weather warnings for treacherous conditions increasing, we are seeking to reassure farmers that help is at hand and encourage them to make extra preparations in case it takes a sudden turn for the worse.

During cold weather, farm animals need good sources of drinking water and extra food available if necessary. If it is not possible to bring animals such as sheep inside, be extra vigilant to ensure none are stuck in snow and if possible keep them away from frozen water where the risk of falling in is great.

Our staff are trained in both farm animal welfare and biosecurity

Dermot Murphy, RSPCA chief inspector said:

“The extreme cold and bad weather conditions can have a massive impact on farm animals. We are committed to doing everything we can to assist the farmers and their animals .


“While farmers can go to heroic lengths to protect their animals, even the most prepared and resilient can be taken by surprise by sudden extreme conditions.”

Situations where animals are stranded and cannot be reached to feed them, power cuts to intensive units and difficulties getting feed delivered all threaten animal welfare and the situation can become critical.

We have frontline staff trained in both farm animal welfare and biosecurity who can visit and offer practical help.

For help and advice, farmers are urged to call our emergency line on 0300 1234 999.

Find out more about farm animal welfare and read some more seasonal advice for winter.

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