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Cold snap affects lifestock

Last year's cold spell has led to massive claims from farmers around Britain and Ireland, the Belfast Telegraph has reported.

Wrecked pipes, collapsed buildings, water damage and the destruction of a brand new milking facility were just some of the claims sent to insurers after a disastrous winter for farmers.

Rural insurers have noted that plummeting temperatures made last winter the worst yet for farmers in the area.

Hundreds of farm building rooves collapsed under the weight of snow in the north east of Scotland and England, providing a busy couple of months for those who have jobs in insurance companies.

Industry insider, John Kenny, said that farmers need to learn lessons from last year's chilly spell.

"Coupled with the very cold spell in January 2010, December's icy blast made 2010 the worst year in our history for cold weather claims," he said to the Belfast Telegraph.

"After spending a day in Yorkshire visiting customers who had suffered the most serious damage, I was struck by the sheer scale of it. The heavy snowfall caused a trail of collapsed buildings - including the catastrophic collapse of a brand new milking parlour."

He added that lessons had to be learned from the period, specifically in terms of how farm building rooves had to be constructed, and how water pipes were to be insulated and sited - in order to mitigate the risk of further damage happening.

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