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How to prepare your farm for Winter weather

Farming life can be extremely busy and while getting ready for winter may feel time-consuming, it is important that the correct preparations are made so you can protect your farm, your livestock and yourself.

As the old saying goes, “Fail to prepare, prepare to fail”.  

Winter weather can be unpredictable from frost and snow to high winds and rain. Therefore, it is advisable to plan for these severe conditions well in advance. For instance, buy in grit and salt now instead of when the ice hits.  

Some of the main areas you should begin to prepare are as follows;


This can be easily forgotten when you are a busy farmer, but personal safety should always be front of mind. Here are some simple things to practise;

Machinery and vehicles 

When conditions get severe it is important to try preventing machinery engines and radiators from freezing. This can be managed by carrying out a few simple jobs such as:

Farmyards and buildings

This is important for personal access as well as vehicle and machinery.


Livestock are a farmer’s livelihood therefore it’s important to ensure the correct measures are taken in severe weather conditions such as.

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