On farm silos to store feed and other essential inputs are such an on-farm fixture that they become “part of the furniture” and are often taken for granted. But the national stock is ageing.

Without regular checks and maintenance, a silo can fail, with severe disruption to a farm business, let alone the health and safety of anyone who happens to be nearby.

Silo manufacturer Collinson is right to act to raise awareness of this issue, through the AIC and other partners, to prevent a tragic incident such as the one that resulted in the death of a delivery driver in Holland.

Unfit silos are most likely to fail when being filled – the supply trade has a vested interest in ensuring their farm customers are fully aware of the need for regular silo MOTs.