FMG is here to support farmers, sharemilkers and contract milkers for Moving Day this year.

“We acknowledge that farmers will have a lot to think about around Moving Day, particularly with the impacts of the cyclones and flooding in the North Island. Keeping safe is foremost but we also want clients to know that we’re here and ready to help with advice and any insurance related questions they may have” says FMG’s Advice Services Manager Angela Taylor.

“We’re contacting our clients directly offering support and we also encourage them to give us a call or review their insurances online at FMG Connect.” Angela says that any farmer, contract or sharemilker who has needed to make changes to their Moving Day plans or have any concerns about re-locating should get in touch with FMG.

"June 1 is a common date for covers expiring and renewals coming up for many FMG's clients. Now more than ever, we want to make sure you maintain continuity of cover. If you have any concerns around your annual insurance renewal, then please contact us," says Angela. “It’s also a time to be vigilant. In the lead up to, and including Moving Day, FMG sees an increase in theft claims for many regions. Higher value, easily re-sellable items are magnets for thieves and in our experience quad bikes, chainsaws, tools, and fuel are commonly stolen around this time,” says Angela.

“Look out for each other and if you see something suspicious then report it to the police either on 111 if it’s happening now or 105 if it’s not an emergency. As you’re packing up, take the time to record the name, make, model, and serial numbers of your assets – you can easily take a photo of the item and its information sticker or manual to save for future reference. You may also want to engrave your gear with your driver license number so that if it is stolen and recovered, the police can easily identify it.”

“Don’t leave keys in vehicles or bikes, and if you can, park them in a shed at night. Also, use high-spec padlocks on sheds and consider installing security lighting and security cameras around buildings – advancements in technology mean these are much more affordable now,” says Angela.

Now’s the time to take some easy steps to make sure that your gear is covered on the way to a new property. “FMG has specialist Transit insurance policies, including livestock transit, and with the recent flooding, you may need to consider cover for transportation risks. It’s really important that this is arranged with us before hitting the road.”

“Despite the extra work, we hope you are excited and prepared for a successful start to the new season. The team at FMG wish all farmers a safe and successful Moving Day this year,” says Angela.