23 November 2021
To learn how to reduce the risk of accidents at your farm business, make sure you visit the Wales Farm Safety Partnership (WFSP) at this year’s Winter Fair at the Royal Welsh Showground in Llanelwedd.
This year’s event will be taking place on Monday November 29 and Tuesday November 30. For the first time, the WFSP – a collaboration between key rural stakeholder organisations in Wales – will have a presence, at Stand No 131 in the South Glamorgan Hall. WFSP ambassadors, television personality and well-known farmer Alun Elidyr, and Ceredigion farmer Glyn Davies (who is also one of Farming Connect’s farm safety mentors), want to encourage all visitors to tap into the wealth of guidance and free resources that they can collect at the Winter Fair, and to enter the prize-winning farm safety competitions.
“WFSP weatherproof farm safety signs you can display, keyrings, jute ‘bags for life’, ‘Safe Stop’ stickers for vehicle dashboards, and a ‘Top tips on farm safety’ booklet will help us all remember that it’s our responsibility as farmers to do all we can to implement safe working practices that reduce the risk of accidents,” says Alun Elidyr.
From 2pm onwards on both days of the Winter Fair, farm safety expert Brian Rees (also an approved Farming Connect farm safety mentor) will give short demonstrations. The demonstrations will provide guidance on the safe use of harnesses for those working at heights, as well as best-practice tips on driving farm vehicles safely on sloping land – both areas that have had led to tragic incidents on many farms in recent years.
All stand visitors will be invited to enter a WFSP Farm Safety Quiz. There will be one for all age groups, and another specifically targeted at young farmers under 30.
Enter both to double your chances of winning an adjustable All-Terrain Vehicle helmet or Winter Fair 2022 tickets. Winners will be announced on the WFSP stand at 4pm on Tuesday 30 November.
If you visit and ‘like’ Farm Safety Wales on Facebook or follow @farmsafewales on Twitter, any time between the Winter Fair and Christmas, you’ll also be in with yet another chance to win an ATV helmet. All prizes have been donated by partners of the WFSP. Any winners unable to collect their prize will be contacted by email or text.
Glyn Davies said that WFSP would promote Farming Connect’s lifelong learning and development programme throughout the Winter Fair.
“With a wide range of subsidised farm safety-related training courses and e-learning modules, together with up to 15 hours of fully-funded farm safety mentoring (which can be provided over the phone, via an informal chat at the kitchen table or an accompanied walk around your farm), these services will help you identify any potential hazards within your business and offer guidance on implementing safer working practices,” said Mr. Davies.
Please be aware that you will be required to provide evidence of a COVID-19 passport or negative lateral flow test at the 2021 Winter Fair. More information can be found HERE
The Wales Farm Safety Partnership (WFSP) is a collaboration between all the key organisations representing agriculture and allied industries in Wales. The partner organisations are committed to working together for a safer farming industry in Wales by aspiring to reduce the number of fatalities and injuries caused to farmers, their families, farm employees and others who come into contact with farm activities.