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Service becomes 'udder'supply of water for dairy farm in trouble

February 27 2019
The water carrier vehicle from Cheadle

The water carrier vehicle from Cheadle

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has been called to help out a dairy farm in Newcastle whose water supply had failed.

This is a request I’ve ‘herd’ about before but not that often.

Group Manager Ian Housley

The farm on Three Mile Lane, Newcastle had suffered a failure of its water supply earlier in the day and was struggling to find an alternative putting its 400 head of dairy cows at risk of dehydration. 

In desperation at around 10.40pm last night (Tuesday, February 26) the farmer rang the fire service to ask for assistance. A pump from Newcastle and the water carrier from Cheadle attended and delivered 8,500 litres of water. 

Group Manager, Ian Housley said: “There was a genuine risk to the welfare of the cows and the farm staff were getting really concerned as they’d been doing their best to reinstate the water supply all day. So something had to be done to help. The easiest way for us to help them was to bring over the water carrier from Cheadle which we use when we need additional supplies of water at a large fire. 

“Fortunately, not long after we’d provided the water, the farmer was able to re-establish the connection to ensure that 2 large on-site tanks could be continuously filled to provide water for the cows. As a Service, we’re quite often called upon to rescue animals but it’s not usually this many and there’s usually more physical effort involved! 

“We’re a public service and we’re here to help where we can. I’m just glad we were able to help the farm staff to keep the cows safe and well until a solution was found.”