06 July 2012
Agriculture still remains one of the most dangerous occupations in the UK, according to Health and Safety Executive figures released yesterday.
The figures show that there were 33 fatal injuries to agricultural workers, compared with 30 the previous year. With a death rate of 9.7 per 100,000 this makes agriculture the most dangerous industry in the country.
NFYFC have long campaigned for improved safety in agriculture, with former National Chairman, James Chapman, recently being awarded an MBE for his tireless work promoting health and safety in the industry. This weekend also saw the NFYFC ATV Handling and Safety competition, which helps teach young people how to stay safe on potentially dangerous equipment.
James’s message to all of those in the agriculture industry is “just be careful. If you are tempted to rush with an urgent job stop, take stock and measure the cost of cutting a safety corner against the risks of losing a limb or even your life. The risk taken is not worth it because there can be no going back once the unexpected happens.”
06 July 2012Helen Reeve, Chairman of the NFYFC Agriculture and Rural Affairs committee and a dairy farmer herself, has today expressed her concern about the proposed cut in milk prices of up to 2p a litre from 1st August. With milk prices already at their lowest for seven years, this could have a huge impact on thousands of dairy producers. Helen says;
“Throughout the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs in England and Wales hundreds of our members are employed in the dairy sector or are related to someone who works in the industry. The continuing drop in the milk price is a worrying time for many of our members and, of course, the wider dairy industry. With milk prices falling, there is a real risk that livelihoods will be lost and more herds will be sold which has a knock-on effect to the entire farming community. Coming from a dairy background myself, the past week has certainly brought an air of uncertainty surrounding the future of dairy farming. It’s time that action was taken to assess the issue of milk prices and this needs to be done sooner rather than later. In fact, before it’s too late.” Helen Reeve, Chairman of the NFYFC Agriculture and Rural Affairs committee
06 July 2012
Atrocious conditions at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern did not deter Herefordshire brothers Edward and Richard Jones from becoming national ATV handling champions. The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs competition, held during the National Sheep Association day at the showground was a hard fought battle between eight teams. The Jones’ brothers held their nerve during the testing series of challenges to take the trophy back to their club in Kington.
Chief Steward for the NFYFC, Alex Mackellar, said: “The standard was very high despite the weather and all the competitors remained cheerful and showed brilliant handling skills. I must thank Nomark Equip for making the competition happen by providing the bikes.”
As well as ATV handling the finalists had to deal with a first aid scenario, set up by Areley Medical Services. Dave Johns, the examiner, said: “The casualty that the teams had to treat re-enacted a typical quad bike accident, with head and leg injuries, as well as being unconscious. The standard was very good but the message to all the teams was ‘keep you first aid skills topped up’.”
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