Working in agriculture can mean so many different things – there are a huge number of different hats a farmer has to wear (so to speak!) throughout not only the year, but every single day as well. At Stormline, we understand the difference that having durable, versatile gear makes to your every day, but also that finding the right products for you can be difficult, especially if you’re just starting out. Fortunately for you, we’ve put together this guide of the essentials for farming in the UK, so keep reading to find out our top tips for finding the right gear for you.
Ask Your Experts
Almost 70% of land in the UK is used for agriculture, and there are nearly 140,000 farmers in the country, so there’s always going to be someone older and wiser who can help you pick out the best gear for the job. These are the people who have been farming for years and have seen the kind of protection you need from the elements all year round. They’ve weathered all kinds of storms, both literal and metaphorical, and they‘ll be one of the greatest resources there is for young farmers and those of you just starting out. They’ll tell you that you can never truly know what to expect, and that when it comes to your gear, durability is one of the most important things to look for! As a team with years of experience in agriculture, aquaculture, construction, forestry and more ourselves, we can tell you that there’s no substitute for quality, and while it might be a bit more to start with, high-quality farming waterproofs that last will save you time, effort, discomfort and money in the long run. So listen to your elders, their knowledge really does come from experience!
Come Rain Or Shine – Working Around The Weather
Despite how it might feel sometimes, the climate in the UK is actually pretty mild compared to other areas in the world! Temperatures rarely drop very far into minus degrees celsius, or rise to above 30C, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need to worry about protecting yourself from the weather. The UK is also pretty humid, which means that it can quite often feel hotter or colder than it is, and also, sadly, that it rains a lot, something you probably noticed already! The UK is also prone to more extended wet weather than our European neighbours, for example, so when it rains, it might not always pour, but it will probably keep going for at least a few days! This is why really durable farming waterproofs are an absolute essential for UK farmers, as not only do you have to stay dry, your gear will probably take days, if not weeks, of lashing from the rain at a time!
In the UK, we’re really lucky to be able to see the passing of all four seasons every year, and as farmers and farmworkers, that’s especially important. Every time of year brings its own challenges, so having lightweight yet protective and durable gear that can be used year-round is incredibly important. At Stormline, we create our farming waterproofs to be practical and comfortable, keeping you warm and dry when it’s cold, but also staying breathable and flexible when the weather is warmer. It can be a hard balance to get right, but with the right products, you’ll be able to get down to work without even thinking about your gear for years to come!
With all that said, it’s worth mentioning that on a bright, clear day, when the rain has passed and the sun starts to peek through, whether it’s spring, summer, autumn or winter, there’s no feeling than being out in the fields and seeing the amazing landscape the UK has to offer!
Because of the UK’s relatively mild climate and wide variety of working conditions, having gear and equipment that is versatile is incredibly important.
A waterproof farmer’s bib and brace is a must-have item for anyone working outdoors, including farmers and farmworkers. We recommend the Stormtex 669G Farming Waterproof Bib and Brace Pants for UK farmers as they are made of a lightweight PVC, so won’t weigh you down. They also have an internal pocket for convenience and will keep you dry in any conditions!
For colder and harsher conditions in the winter months, the 669B Oilskin Waterproof Bib and Brace is perfect, as it offers all the same practicalities as lighter-weight options, just with more protection from the elements, to help keep you warm and dry, even in the worst possible conditions.
Stormtex-Air 755G Farming Waterproof Over Trousers are a brilliant choice for UK farmers, including dairy farmers! These over trousers are specifically designed to be worn with wellies and have welded seams to make sure they stay waterproof for a long time and can stand up to whatever you need them to. Made from lightweight PVC fabric, they aren’t too bulky, heavy or hot, and will keep you protected from the elements all day long. They also have an elasticated waist and doming around the ankles for added comfort and ease of use, and hip pockets for your convenience!
To keep your top half protected as well, try the Stormtex 248B PVC Oilskin Waterproof Workwear Jacket, which is made of medium-weight PVC, to give you warmth and durability in your farming waterproofs, without too much of the additional weight.
Our 985 Wet Weather Vest is perfect for keeping you warm and dry no matter what the season is. It can be layered up in winter, where the warm fleece lining will keep you snug on cold days, but it also great worn on its own for an extra layer in transitional months. It’s fully waterproof and easy to move around in as well with a shorter front for added mobility, so won’t keep you from any of the jobs you have to do. This is an incredibly popular piece of gear, and will last you for years!
Alternatively, take a look at our full range of agricultural workwear and foul weather gear here.
Why Choose Stormline Gear?
At Stormline, we’ve been equipping manual and outdoor workers for over 50 years, so we know what we’re doing. Years of experience and input from real farmers like you are what makes our products superior. We know how important it is to our customers that their gear lasts, is effective and stays comfortable for a really long time, so we never skimp on quality. Our products are created with you in mind, so there’s really no competition. Whatever you choose for your agricultural workwear, make it Stormline and you’ll be set for years.