Farming and Agriculture Insurance
Why you need us
Farming is such a diverse industry, with the risks and associated insurance requirements varying greatly from farm to farm.
The agricultural policies we arrange can cover everything from arable to intensive livestock, property, business interruption, liability cover and more. Whether it is a standard farming risk or a modern diversification we can cater for each eventuality.
We have specialists across the British countryside who can take the time to visit your farm and gain a thorough understanding of you and your business.
From regulation to property valuation, we understand the industry and can provide cover and advice for the things affecting you.
We work closely with many of the leading agricultural insurers to provide a range of innovative and market leading solutions.
How we can help
We’re experts in agriculture and farming and we have over 50 years’ experience providing insurance for our clients. We respond to the many and varied insurance requirements of the farming community with a combination of personal service, knowledge, understanding, expertise and a range of market-leading products.
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Our combined policies cover the key aspects of your farm that you need to protect. Cover includes farm buildings and contents, livestock, business interruption, public and employers liability, motor, machinery and more.
Agricultural equipment inspection
Complying with health and safety legislation is compulsory. Insurers expect compliance with statutory regulation. Indeed many assurance schemes, whether they be retailer-led, LEAF or more industry-wide red tractor standards, require minimum standards to be met. Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) and Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) are two aspects of legislation a farming business shouldn't ignore.
Many farms are increasingly branching out from traditional farming activity to develop new revenue streams. These new activities are often innovative and complex. So as not to put the core assets at risk, it is essential to have the correct cover in place for each element of diversification alongside your traditional farming activity.
There are many reasons why you may incur legal expenses. We have access to insurers who have designed a specialist solution providing legal expenses cover for farmers, including cover for contract disputes, criminal prosecution, employment, tax, property, Basic Payment Scheme disputes and issues with public rights of way.
With the environment often at the top of the political agenda, its protection and the cost of dealing with any pollution incidents is a key area of concern for all kinds of business. If you are held responsible for a pollution event, the Environment Agency has the power to impose clean-up costs upon you, including the costs incurred by their consultants or contractors – even where the event occurs on your own land. That could mean being left with an unexpectedly large bill, which might not be covered by standard public liability insurance policies.
Livestock disease cover
Animal and poultry disease outbreaks are unpredictable and often devastating. In recent times Avian Influenza, brought across from Europe by migrant birds, has illustrated our vulnerability in the poultry sector. Whilst UK cattle farmers face a seemingly never ending risk from TB, they also are open to the risk of foot and mouth disease with major outbreaks occurring in the last 20 years. Combined with ever greater global trade and relaxed border controls the chance of disease remains a possibility. Whilst government compensation does assist, it usually only goes as far as contributing average replacement values for livestock lost to the disease.
Dog walking across the countryside may seem like a harmless activity, but it is becoming an increasingly large issue for farmers. Cases of livestock or sheep worrying have been growing rapidly.
William McNamara OBE, is CEO of Bluestone National Park Resort, a 5* holiday destination on the stunning Pembrokeshire coast.
Frequently asked questions
Lifting equipment has to be inspected once a year, unless it has a man cage, in which case it must be checked every 6 months.