Beef Magazine is part of the Informa Markets Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

New CD series on farm safety for children

Animals teach farm safety in a one-of-a-kind, audio CD series – created to educate children on farm dangers

Animals teach farm safety in a one-of-a-kind, audio CD series – created to educate children on farm dangers.

Vickie Harbert of Farm Safety USA, which produced the four-CD series, says family and friends have been injured and killed in farming accidents, which motivated her to produce the series to educate kids and adults worldwide.

The Fun Farm targets children and teens. In a serious, yet fun way, the farm animals remind them of dangers and what they can do to avoid injury and death during harvest season and all year long.

"Animals talk in Dr. Doolittle and on Mr. Ed; why not on an audio CD educating children about farm safety?" asks Harbert.

The CD series includes 25 adventure stories in all, with an interactive quiz at the end of each show.

"Most accidents are avoidable by safety education," says Harbert, "and this series will help save lives and limbs."

She believes the series would not only benefit farm families, but farm implement manufacturers and suppliers, as well as FFA, 4-H Clubs and other educational institutions teaching agriculture.

Nationwide, more than 300 children die on farms every year, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

Children between the ages of 9 and 15 are most at risk. The bulk of those injuries, experts say, are preventable.

"In order to help children, teens and adults learn and practice farm safety, you must get their attention in a clever, entertaining fashion," says Shari Burgus, Education director at Farm Safety 4 Just Kids in Urbandale, Iowa.

"These 25 Fun Farm safety adventures are pure entertainment for the whole family while reminding them of the many dangers and precautions to help all farm members stay safe on the farm."

For more information about the "Fun Farm" audio series, please visit

Next Tip: Temple’s Top Animal Handling Tips