Aurivo has introduced a strict Covid-19 protocol in relation to the collection of milk from farms.
On Wednesday, the Co-op communicated best practice advice to all its milk suppliers to protect the health and safety of all suppliers, employees and contractors.
This will focus on minimising person-to-person contact. All Aurivo personnel entering farms have been instructed to follow strict hygiene procedures.
With the health and safety of all personnel being Aurivo’s top priority, the following strict policy and set of protocols for farmers are to be adhered to:
(1 ) If you, a member of your family or farm staff are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19, please follow the guidelines outlined by the HSE. Please also inform your milk advisor, branch manager or farm commercial specialist if there is a suspected or confirmed case of Coronavirus (Covid -19 ) affecting your farm immediately. This will be treated in the absolute strictest of confidence and measures will be implemented to continue to collect milk or make deliveries to/from your farm.
(2 ) Please ensure that all surfaces that the lorry driver will touch are regularly disinfected. The surfaces should be cleaned before milk is due to be collected. Please also provide handwashing facilities and soap and paper towels for milk haulers.
(3 ) If you need to send samples to the lab, please leave samples for the milk hauler to collect. Do not travel to the milk processing sites in Killygordon, Donegal or Ballaghaderreen, Roscommon. All samples must be clean and correctly labelled.
(4 ) To minimise person-to-person contact, do not approach the milk hauler during milk collection.
(5 ) All farmers are required to have a set of instructions in place on how to operate the milking machine and milk tank in the event of falling ill from COVID-19. Please inform your Milk Advisor if you require support on developing these materials.
Aurivo remains committed to business continuity and the provision of services while adhering to all public health guidelines to protect our employees, members and customers.
Aurivo Coronavirus (COVID-19 ) Update Video is available on www.aurivo.ie/farm-profitability-programme/ If members have any questions or concerns they can contact Aurivo’s 24/7 contact number - (086 ) 4104217.