Cowichan – Livestock Relocation & Management Plan
|Project Lead||Cowichan Valley Regional District – Public Safety Division|
|Funding Partners||Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, BC Ministry of Agriculture, Cowichan Valley Regional District|
The Cowichan Extreme Events Preparedness and Mitigation pilot project brought Cowichan producers together to discuss preparedness for extreme events. An issue that was of particular interest to many producers in attendance was how to manage livestock in the case of an extreme event, such as a wildfire.
The Cowichan has several types of livestock operations including dairy and mixed livestock. With the diversity of livestock operations in the region, no single approach to extreme events will be suitable. Dairy animals can’t be relocated to a central location as they require on-going milking. Other types of livestock may benefit from regionally designated sites for relocation and still others may require plans for how to manage animals on-site.
This project will develop relocation/management plans (including separate considerations for dairy operations) at the regional scale and will also develop and test a template for livestock relocation and management planning at the farm scale, for use where a site-level approach is more suitable. Relocation plans will consider coordination of transportation and feed requirements. Existing provincial level initiatives will be integrated into planning tools where possible, or feedback will be generated through this project to support and inform Provincial level tools/processes. Finally, a summary version of the relocation plans and the transferable planning template will be disseminated via agriculture sector organizations, and a workshop will be coordinated to share templates developed and to raise awareness of regional relocation plans/initiatives.