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Barleymow

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Ipswich
I did my crop assessment last week via my phone ,was quite straightforward. I filled in the self assessment form as sprayer is not tested due to Covid 19.They are happy with that but if I dont contact them within a week of lockdown being lifted (no definition of that) I will be suspended bit heavy handed I thought
 

tullah

Member
Location
Linconshire
I spoke to one of my grain buyers last week about coming out of RT. His feedback was that in recent weeks he's had several people coming up with the same question and that there's around a fiver a ton in it but when they are short they will take anything. Nothing we didn't know already, but could there be momentum gathering for at last chucking in this unnecessary and expensive hassle especially so you if one is running less than say 400 acres.
 

ashmore

Member
I failed this winter, because I came clean and showed the inspector a temp shed full of grain (could easily have not shown her, but I'm very honest person [emoji6]), and it was October. The building should have been emptied, but because of an obstruction on our only access road, only cars could get to the farm.
She took one look and said I'd have to be suspended. To which I replied, to empty the temp store I've got to move grain off the farm, which I can't if I'm suspended. After much discussion I was given a months grace.
 
I did my crop assessment last week via my phone ,was quite straightforward. I filled in the self assessment form as sprayer is not tested due to Covid 19.They are happy with that but if I dont contact them within a week of lockdown being lifted (no definition of that) I will be suspended bit heavy handed I thought
This strikes me as a bit wrong of RT, I too had to do a remote inspection and the sprayer form, when I said I would rather wait for lock down to be lifted and have a farm visit soon after, the reply was they didn't have enough RT testers to do all the outstanding audits in a timely order so would be suspending people not tested in lock down on the lifting of lockdown, but here they are wanting us to find enough sprayer testers. ( ps , my sprayer form has no completion date for test on it though ).
 

Drillman

Member
Mixed Farmer
This strikes me as a bit wrong of RT, I too had to do a remote inspection and the sprayer form, when I said I would rather wait for lock down to be lifted and have a farm visit soon after, the reply was they didn't have enough RT testers to do all the outstanding audits in a timely order so would be suspending people not tested in lock down on the lifting of lockdown, but here they are wanting us to find enough sprayer testers. ( ps , my sprayer form has no completion date for test on it though ).
Subs paid here and as far as I’m concerned there was plenty time to do our inspection before all this covid stuff kicked off. Used to do us in Dec/Jan regular as clockwork so not my fault it’s overdue! Anyone threatening me with suspension will be told this.

Talking of suspension they tried to suspend me once cos sprayer was out of test. Snow was on the ground at the time. So I rung them up and said no problem I will get sprayer tested as long as RT paid for the resultant frost damage. They backed down??
 
Location
Cleveland
Subs paid here and as far as I’m concerned there was plenty time to do our inspection before all this covid stuff kicked off. Used to do us in Dec/Jan regular as clockwork so not my fault it’s overdue! Anyone threatening me with suspension will be told this.
If they threaten you tell them to fudge right off
 

Drillman

Member
Mixed Farmer
If they threaten you tell them to fudge right off
Oh I will no fan of them. Think the whole thing has got out of hand. It started as a good idea but has turned into a box ticking exercise, has turned us all into liars and achieves nothing.

The whole thing wants ripping up RT needs to be done away with and start a fresh with something that looks at what we do in an objective and sensible way and uses our subscription money to promote British farming as the best in the world.

RT achieves non of that. Like I’ve said before currently no inspections (or only in very limited form) but money still leaving all our accounts so what they spending it on?

Advertising UK farming?

No didn’t think so!
 
Location
Cleveland
Oh I will no fan of them. Think the whole thing has got out of hand. It started as a good idea but has turned into a box ticking exercise, has turned us all into liars and achieves nothing.

The whole thing wants ripping up RT needs to be done away with and start a fresh with something that looks at what we do in an objective and sensible way and uses our subscription money to promote British farming as the best in the world.

RT achieves non of that. Like I’ve said before currently no inspections (or only in very limited form) but money still leaving all our accounts so what they spending it on?

Advertising UK farming?

No didn’t think so!
Couldn’t agree more to all of that
 

David.

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
J11 M40
Thought there was a lot of verbal flatulence in here a few weeks back to the effect that nobody was going to submit to remote inspections, and that they could Foxtrot right Oscar?
If some have acquiesced, the rest of us will now have to.
Bit like when FA was invented really....
 

Drillman

Member
Mixed Farmer
Thought there was a lot of verbal flatulence in here a few weeks back to the effect that nobody was going to submit to remote inspections, and that they could Foxtrot right Oscar?
If some have acquiesced, the rest of us will now have to.
Bit like when FA was invented really....
Remote assessment not Happening! They should have got here a bit sooner.
 

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HSENI names new farm safety champions

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

Improving farm safety is the key aim of HSENI’s and the FSP’s work and...
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