Older farmers have more accidents says WorkSafe farms ambassador Richard Loe.

The former All Black and sheep and beef farmer from Canterbury was at Central Districts Field Days in Feilding talking to farmers about safety. He had been in the job for 18 months.

He talked about a former farmer who was 78 and went fishing, riding side saddle on his quad bike, with no helmet.

He said older farmers should be more careful but often were are not.

"We realise we were lucky to get away with things.  You have a look at the stats and the 50 to 65 age group is the worst of  all."

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