IN THE first of a weekly diary, Richard Rankin, Chief Executive of H&H Group, highlights the important work being carried out not only by the NHS, but by our farmers who are the constant during these uncertain times.

“Despite lockdown, farmers have most definitely not stopped. They are still getting up to milk the cows, lambing sheds remain in full swing, the pigs are still being fed, the crops are being drilled - the list goes on and on.

“Agriculture is quite simply keeping the country fed and watered! Maybe this will be a turning point for us as a nation to realise just how important it is to eat locally-sourced food and support our farming communities as they rally to keep us nourished,” said Richard, who is working from home.

H&H livestock business is still working with government approval and under strict guidelines, but as Richard points out, this recognises the importance of marts within the food chain, maintaining a fair and competitive marketplace, whilst protecting the livelihoods of farmers.

“Schools and businesses across the country have closed their doors and as we enter lockdown and ‘Family Safety Week’, our H&H Insurance Brokers’ team is keen to highlight the importance of ensuring the safety of children on the farm.

“For most, keeping safe under self-isolation presents one set of challenges, however, when your home is a farm, these are somewhat different.

“Farms are one of the most dangerous places to work and if you add children, the risks increase significantly due to their inquisitive nature and their ability to find danger!” added Richard.

“Finally, keep safe, carry on and I look forward to updating you again next week.”