The Ulster Farmers’ Union along with Northern Ireland Water are urging farmers to beat the freeze this winter by protecting their pipes.
The effects of dealing with the aftermath of a burst pipe on a farm cannot be underestimated which is why the Union is encouraging farmers to take the necessary steps with the aim of minimising water difficulties this winter.
Encouraging farmers to be proactive this winter, UFU chief executive, Wesley Aston said: “There are a number of simple steps farmers can take to ensure that they are prepared for colder weather, this includes taking some time to familiarise yourself with the layout of the pipe work network on your farm.
“It is helpful to also ensure that all stop valves are visibly marked. By doing this in the event of a burst pipe the water supply can be turned off limiting water loss, reducing cost and allowing the position of the burst to be located with greater ease.”
Wesley continued: “Just because we may have had a few mild winters, does not mean we should become complacent.
“I’d encourage farmers to take heed of Northern Ireland Water’s advice and to do things such as lag pipes and ensure any pipes within buildings are insulated, where appropriate, taking account of the presence of any livestock. This should all work towards minimising on-farm water difficulties this winter.”