NFU Mutual extends cover to help farmers hosting Open Farm Sunday events

Leading rural insurer NFU Mutual is extending farming customers’ insurance cover without extra charge to help them stage events for the public to learn about faming on Open Farm Sunday.

Farmers hosting events on this year’s Open Farm Sunday, which takes place on June 11 – should let their local NFU Mutual office know that they are planning to hold an event.  NFU Mutual will extend its members’ farm public liability insurance without extra premiums – providing the event is free to the public.

“As an insurer with farming and the rural community at our heart, we’re delighted to provide this support to farmers who insure with “The Mutual” and are welcoming the public on to their farms on Open Farm Sunday,” said Tim Price, NFU Mutual Rural Affairs Specialist.

LEAF Open Farm Sunday, which takes place on June 11, gives visitors the opportunity to see first-hand all that farmers do and the impact their work has on our lives.

This year farms across the country, from Cornwall to Orkney, will provide young and old with an opportunity to see farming in action and learn more about the work farmers are so proud to do.

Since the first Open Farm Sunday, organised by LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) in 2006 over 1.8m people have visited a farm. For details of farms holding Open Farm Sunday events log on to: https://farmsunday.org/

To help farmers make Open Farm Sunday events safe and fund, NFU Mutual has produced a farm visit checklist:

  • Decide which areas of the farm you want people to visit. Make sure that routes around the farm divert visitors from dangerous areas such as working machinery, chemical stores, slurry lagoons, grain stores, silage pits, etc.
  • Keep the farm as clean as possible and ensure areas and pathways to which visitors have access are kept free from any build-up of faeces.
  • If visitors are to be allowed to pet and feed animals, it is important that hand-washing facilities are available and that warm running water, liquid soaps and paper towels should be provided and that adequate supervision is provided in the contact areas.  If you do not wish visitors to have contact with any of the animals, then either arrange routes away from areas where animals are kept or install double fencing to prevent contact.
  • Erect signs to inform visitors of dangers. Remember that signs do not negate the need for adequate supervision.
  • Ensure everyone involved in hosting the visit is trained and instructed on what visitors should or should not do. If farming operations are taking place at the same time as the visit, it is important that the two are suitably segregated.
  • Remember that children are naturally curious and can often get into apparently inaccessible places. Whilst parents have a particular responsibility to prevent their children straying into areas where they may be at risk, you must take responsibility for the safety of visitors to your site.

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