UFU Welcomes Awards to Promote Farmyard Safety

Monday, 5 March, 2018

The Ulster Farmers’ Union has welcomed a competition amongst farming families, to find the safest farmyards in Northern Ireland.

UFU President Barclay Bell says, “We welcome this award which highlights the potential dangers on our farms for family members and workers. As farmers we are all well used to bumps and cuts, but when those become more serious, for example broken bones or life-changing injuries, they can have a serious impact on a farm business.  They limit the ability of a farmer to work, and that automatically puts a strain on the business and on other family members who may have to look after the farm and care for the farmer,” says the UFU president.

Entries will be judged on four submitted photographs which show how common farmyard hazards have been addressed to reduce the risk of an accident. These are:

  • How the farm and home are separated
  • How machinery and equipment are stored
  • Are signage, warnings and marked routes clear
  • Have potentially dangerous areas been fenced off

“As with all farm safety advice, the best approach remains to stop and think SAFE, even with everyday tasks.  Farm safety is a key area of work for the Ulster Farmers' Union and we want all farmers to farm safe,” advises the UFU president.

The Tidy Farmyard Awards, launched by NFU Mutual will choose a winner from each of Northern Ireland’s six counties, with the winners going through to the final. First prize is £1000 with £500 and £300 for second and third. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Balmoral Show in May.

To enter visit the link http://bit.ly/2FenMFb and fill out the entry form. Submit your entry form along with 4 pictures of your farmyard either by email to Tidy_FarmyardAward@nfumutual.co.uk or by hand to your local NFU Mutual Agency. Entries close at 11.59pm on 15 April 2018.