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Livestock breeder and farm insurance broker Conn Williamson reflects on the year past and looks forward to the Winter Fair at Balmoral Park on Thursday, Dec 13.

THIS past farming year started with the wettest autumn in the memory of man and an early spring that stayed disappointing.

Spirits were low as a long winter ate into fodder supplies with prospects for early turn-out bleak.  Winter crops were sodden and hopes of spring sowing were becoming ever later

Tractor and harvester fires were more common in that long, hot summer just past. CIP Insurance Brokers urging farmers and contractors to clear away chaff, watch those temperature gauges and fit a fire extinguisher. Now the winter message is to keep yards and machines well lit with high viz jackets a must for all.
Tractor and harvester fires were more common in that long, hot summer just past. CIP Insurance Brokers urging farmers and contractors to clear away chaff, watch those temperature gauges and fit a fire extinguisher. Now the winter message is to keep yards and machines well lit with high viz jackets a must for all.

As days lengthened field finally work gathered pace, yet optimism was in short supply as thoughts in April turned to Balmoral Show plans.

But fear not, for as ever the weather eventually turned and Balmoral 2018 had four gloriously sunny days of record crowds as the RUAS laid on a show the high-light of our farming year.

And the show sunshine was no fluke as we switched to short sleeved shirts and even shorts with some farming folk adopting Spanish hours. Working outside early and late, but skipping the hottest early afternoon hours for somewhere in the shade.

Worries over water shortages, slow sward recovery and a dearth of vegetables began appearing in the mainstream media.

But sadly for some farmers fire became their foremost fear in hot, dry and dusty conditions as machines and men worked even longer hours than usual.

At CIP Insurance Brokers we saw more machinery fires with many complete burn outs reported. Keeping chaff clear and a fire extinguisher to hand on tractors and self propelled harvesters was strongly advised. Not least because some tractor and combine fires spread across fields destroying crops and other equipment in a tinder dry countryside.

Now in the short dark days of winter CIP reminds clients to ensure all vehicles are lit up for legal road use and safe operation. See and be seen, not least by having well lit yards, with high viz jackets advised.

Now that other big surprise not expected, Brexit, looms in March. So to remove some uncertainty from your farming life take time to compare the cover and service offered by family owned CIP Insurance Brokers Ltd .

For over 40 years CIP Insurance Brokers in Crumlin have built strong relationships with leading UK agricultural insurers with a proven track record. Thus giving our clients access to several exclusive schemes.

So let CIP experts in the field of farm insurance give your the certainty of the right cover for you, your family and farm at the best value premium. Polices giving you the peace of mind to concentrate on taking your farm business forwards, Brexit or no Brexit.

A quote costs nothing, but could save time, worry and money for years to come! You shop around for other goods and services so why not do this with insurance cover?  Simply free call CIP on 0800 1777 880 and ask for our Farm Department or contact mob; Garry 07851634029 and Mark 07756500652.

Better still visit the CIP stand during the Winter Fair on Thursday, Dec 13 to get a free quote, enter a free draw and receive a small gift.

As Garry Scott, CIP agri insurance specialist, notes, “Our retention rate from existing clients at renewal is running at an all time high with quotations for new business drawing in many more customers.”

So end  your farming year on a high with lower cost cover from CIP by visiting  our Winter Fair stand, E10, opposite the cafe in the Eikon  Exhibition Centre.

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