Farm Work on the farm never seems to end. There is always something to be done, fences to be mended, tending to the chicken coop, and taking care of the various farm implements. With winter descending upon us, now is a great time to conduct annual maintenance before it becomes unbearably cold outside. Not only is fall perfect for catching up on yearly maintenance items, but it is also a good idea to revisit your insurance policies. If you live in Calgary, Medicine Hat, or Brooks, a TSG Insurance agent can sit down with you and go over your farm insurance needs. We provide insurance services and financial planning to keep your agricultural business safe and let you do what you do best…run a profitable farming operation.
3 Areas to Take Care of Around the Farm
Here are 3 areas to remember when preparing your farm for a long winter:
• Air – Ventilation is vital for your livestock. Be sure to clean the air intake vents in your barn. If you have a heat recovery ventilator (HRV), take care of the exterior, intake, filters, and core. While you are at it, take a moment to clean out the dryer vent to your home, and check for wasp nests in bathroom and kitchen exhaust dampers.
• Roof – Just like your house is essential for keeping you warm and protected, your barn does the same for your livestock and equipment. It is important to look for leaks by walking through your barn during a rainstorm. You can even check it out on a sunny day and look for pinholes of daylight sneaking through. Clean soffit vents and gutters. Look for bird nests in your roof vents.
• Water – Disconnect any garden hoses to protect your pipes from potentially bursting in the freezing temperatures. Drain the water out of any exterior faucets if they are not frost-free. If you have a utility sink in your barn, drain the water from the pipes and pour some RV anti-freeze down the drain. Also, empty your irrigation system of any water. Hire a professional if necessary.
Consult a TSG Insurance Agent about Your Farm Insurance Needs
Protect your Alberta farm by talking to a TSG Insurance broker. Our experts will be happy to sit down with you and discuss the best coverage and policies for you and your farm. For over 30 years, TSG has served the Alberta area to protect families and their farms. We work with a comprehensive assortment of insurance and financial services to ensure you get the coverage you need at a price you can afford.
Contact us online, and we will respond as quickly as possible. Also, please feel free to call us toll-free at 800-830-9423 to book an appointment at one of our convenient locations in Calgary, Brooks, Medicine Hat, Edmonton, or Bassano.