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Farmers Urged To Insure Milk

15 July 2010

UK - Winter seems a long way off for UK producers, but dairy farmers should turn their attention now to insuring themselves against disruption to milk collection by extreme weather and flooding.

Harsh conditions are likely to seriously affect a number of regions at some point over the winter months, with climate change only making weather more volatile.

Farmers Forum Chairman Roger Evans said: “Insurance gives farmers a way of protecting their milk cheques from losses caused when tankers are unable to reach the farm and collect the milk.

“Many milk buyers discourage the use of emergency storage tanks on the grounds of product safety. If farmers are considering relying on an emergency tank, they must contact their buyer and check that the specification is adequate.

“Otherwise we are urging farmers to check their insurance cover to make sure they are protected. Even during tough weather, the industry’s top priority is to protect consumer confidence in the safety and integrity of milk.

“Preparation now will avoid needless anxiety or losses when the inevitable bad weather does descend next winter.”

TheCattleSite News Desk



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