BT underground phone cable, who's responsible.......?

Ceri

Member
Mixed Farmer
Looking for people's thoughts..... Going to erect a new fence & there's an underground phone cable that supplies 3 properties that basically follows the fence line all the way for 250ish mtrs.. I'm very confident we're going to end up going through the dam thing when we knock the piles/posts in as it's not in the ground very deep....... When BT have to come out to repair it who's going to have to foot the bill myself or BT.............???
 

Ceri

Member
Mixed Farmer
The whole thing seems such a grey area....... No one can really give me an answer.....!!????
 

B'o'B

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
Rutland
We dug through a BT cable putting a water pipe in last year. Rang BT and they repaired it FOC.
my theory is- if you know where the faults is on their cable, when you tell them they are very happy, because otherwise it could take them an age to fault find and they might need to pay for any additional damage done trying to find a fault.
if you are friendlywith the potentially effected properties call them after each post is put in and if you can’t get hold of them mark the post as a problem.
 

B'o'B

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
Rutland
Also if they ever try to charge you for a repair check how deep the cable needs to be according to the wayleave. If the cable was not at this depth (which appears most aren’t) just tell them to go away, because the cable wasn’t deep enough, they won’t have a leg to stand on.
 

Ollie.mclean

Member
Livestock Farmer
Borrow a cat scanner for a few hours , you should be able to mark it up within 6”
I always use CAT scanner and genny on BT cables and it works pretty well. Can get a good second hand kit for what I'm sure would cost less than the bill and aggravation caused if it was hit. Handy for picking up any underground electric as well, that would be a whole different story if hit! BT cables seem to be the worse for not being put into correct depth but have come across mains electric coming down from an overhead line going to a transformer. It was less than 6" below the surface and no marking tape on top.
 

Top Tip.

Member
Location
highland
I remember rotavating along the side of a field and chewing and pulling up about 100 metres of BT cable. They came out and sorted it FOC as it wasn’t buried deep enough. What a job I had getting it out of the rotavator.🙈
 

som farmer

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
somerset
we have one, put in 40 yrs ago, not marked, put in when l was at college, so exact route a rough guess, hit it 4 times now, l point out it's not marked, and they have not billed me. Interestingly, we hit it last year, they brought a map out, showing the route, never seen that before, and a major different route on the last 500m, to where l thought it was !
 

Rejuvenating swards: Which option is best?

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Written by Brian McDonnell

Maintaining grass quality during mid-season grazing is important. Farmers can maintain quality by entering ideal grazing covers of 1,300 – 1,500kg DM/ha, and grazing down to a residual of 4cm every rotation.

If you are now in a situation where cows are not cleaning out paddocks as well as they should be, leading to the development of steamy grass within the sward, here are some options.

Common options for rejuvenating swards include:

  1. Take a silage cut, probably into bales, remove the material and start again with the aftermath...
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