There has certainly been a marked change in weather in recent weeks. This, along with shorter days, is no doubt increasing the pressure to get field work completed and ensure the performance of livestock is not compromised. This extra pressure brings its own safety risks and I am asking farmers to also be mindful of the dangers of working near electricity wires.

All I can ask is that you always take a few minutes and make sure it is safe. With electricity, the most important precaution is to keep a safe distance from overhead wires and poles. When it comes to the wiring on your farm, the advice is to always get the work done by a registered electrical contractor.