posted on Jul, 13 2012 @ 09:19 PM
Any time you introduce animals from different farms...areas... regions together in very close proximity, it is cause for concern as sickness and
disease can spread.
When I buy new livestock for my farm I always examine the animals closely before purchase. I also like to see where the animals came from and the
conditions in which they lived... clean, stable, relatively well maintained, animal welfare...water, good feed...etc
Then after purchase, I always quarentine them to a holding pen away from the other animals to keep any potential sickness from the others until the
newcomers are shown to be safe and acclimated.
As far as sickness transfering to people... the key is washing hands. I will say this again...Always wash your hands thoroughly after contact with
Most problems with children and adults becoming sick can be attributed to this. A couple of years ago at the NC State Fair... we had a number of kids
get sick and E. Coli poisoning. Come to findout, they had gone to the petting barn and then for a Hotdog without... washing their hands.
Also, I would have been interested in the temps at the fairgrounds and in the barn. My guess is that poor ventilation or air circulation mixed with
dust and heat stress caused the majority of problems. Plus, as stated in the article, animals being moved around strange quarters and with strange
animals adds a lot of stress... throw in the hot dry weather and you have a perfect set up for sick animals.
At the farm store I manage, we do "animal swaps" where farmers can buy/ sell/ trade all kinds of farm animals... chicks, chickens, ducks, dogs,
cats, pigs, goats, even a cow.... BUT we stop during the summer months until september due to the heat, the heat reflected off the pavement, and
general stress of the animals and people in 90-100 degree heat... just not a good idea.
I would venture the same for the fair...