Most Unusual Claims?

Dry Rot

Livestock Farmer
Don't know if this qualifies, but I suppose it should be classified as livestock worrying.

As a student, I put in a claim for six hens when my goshawk escaped and took up residence on a poultry farm. I eventually caught the bird and cycled back to the student accomodation with it on my fist. My insurers were a bit taken aback, but paid out. Sorry, can't remember who they were.


Livestock Farmer
East Sussex
Cows hit the mrs car in the drive outside the house. Car in her name and insured with admiral. Cows in my Late Fathers’ Estate but under my control.

neither would pay up until I went booloo but the end result was that the car was fixed and I saw no paperwork. Still to this day have no idea who paid for it.


North of York
Local farmer's daughter 30 years ago launched her horse over Mum's stationary Volvo Estate, front to back.
Front seat passenger lifted horses rear foot off his lap and out of the windscreen. Rider landed on road behind car!

Farmer neighbour arrived and started ranting at Mum about her driving into his daughter. He soon quietened down when she gave him the full benefit of her opinion at full volume.


NFFN Member
We have a dual carriageway outside us. To our west it rises up from a large roundabout with a poor alignment that slows cars down.

Many years ago the neighbours cows opposite escaped onto the road on a very dark night. They were mostly black. We got a call to help a couple driving an old Peugeot 504. They were slowly accelerating up off the roundabout when the driver realised there was a black cow stood in the road right in front of him. He braked hard and almost avoided hitting her.


His bumper lightly tapped her legs and she slowly toppled onto the bonnet wherein the front suspension simply collapsed under the weight.

The cow rolled off, got up, shook herself and walked back into the field.

The claim must have been quite amusing!


BASE UK Member
Weeks of repeated mystery damage to the roof of a Jag XJS and a Fiat Punto, parked up outside the cottages next door. Left the house early on morning to go spraying, only to find our pet Kids (Goats) had been escaping from the field and using the cars as trampolines.


Soggy Shropshire
On holiday in Ireland we came across a farmer moving his cows down the road. We stopped, being in no rush but he waved us on saying the cows would move out the way when they felt the car. Well one cow decided she needed a good scratch and used the nudge bar on the Rangie to good effect, up and down we went for a minute or so with no damage to the car, unlike the Sierra behind us that lost a headlight and had a wing pushed in when she came back for seconds.

Phil P

Arable Farmer
North West
Must be a volvo estate thing.
Cows went walkabout in the village last year, one of the heifers short cut over than around it. Would have made a great photo!
Was it a bit like this 😂
Have a more recent one.

After a particularly wet spell 5 or so winters back. The ground just couldn't take anymore water, so runoff is inevitable.
Had a chap who was particularly adept at garden creep. However this garden due to his digging was now 6' below the field level. So there was only one place water was going to go.
Wanted a new garden and garage. The garage would you believe happened to also be chock full of expensive electronic equipment which happened to get ruined.

Best bit was when he landed in the yard with an invoice for his London city break that he needed inorder to de stress.

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Man fined £300 for bonfire-related waste offences

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...