Cumberland news April 19 2002

INSURERS FIRST TO COVER HERDS AGAINST FMD

A CARLISLE-based insurance broker is believed to be the first in the country to offer whole-herd foot and mouth insurance. Borderway Insurance Brokers is initially offering the whole-herd cover to existing clients in Cumbria, Dumfries and Galloway and Northumberland.
However, subject to demand, the company, a subsidiary of Harrison & Hetherington Group, will be offering cover to non-clients who register after April 26. The cover can also include brucellosis and TB insurance.
Borderway Insurance Brokers director Kevin Coulthard said: "We're not aware of any other brokers in the country who are currently able to offer foot and mouth insurance on a whole-herd basis. Until now, we have only been able to offer cover on individual animals bought at pedigree sales through Harrison & Hetherington."
Before last year, because there had been no incidence of the disease for many years, few livestock farmers took out foot and mouth insurance. "During the crisis all cover was withdrawn for new business with only existing policies renewed," Mr Coulthard added. He said they understood that other insurance companies would not be following in their footsteps until at least the middle of the year. "We are pleased to be able to provide this early opportunity for farmers to cover themselves against losses due to the disease," he said.
Livestock farmers who would like further information or who would like to register interest in the cover should telephone Borderway Insurance Brokers on 01228 640910. l Since the first cases of FMD appeared in February last year there have been strong hints from the Government that they will not pay compensation for future outbreaks.
It has been suggested that farmers should take out foot and mouth insurance to cover their losses.