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A business guide for Young Farmers
from NFYFC and Savills


Risk analysis

New Skill

Risk Analysis

1.  Identify the risks

Use the list below to help identify risks:

  • People e.g. injury.
  • Operational e.g. failure of feeding system or machinery.
  • Product / Service e.g. issue in performance or quality.
  • Financial e.g. costs or income.
  • Natural e.g. weather.
  • Political e.g. new laws or regulations.
  • Property e.g. damage to buildings or land.

2. Value the risk
a. What is the likelihood of the risk occurring – percentage.
b. What is the cost if the risk occurs – financial.

For example: what is the chance of the tractor breaking down (40%) what is the cost of the repair if it did (£2,000) the risk value is therefore £800. Compared to what is the risk of the barn being damaged in a storm (5%) but the cost of damage is £100,000 therefore the risk value is £5,000.

3. Manage the risk
Once you have identified the risks you can then look to reduce, manage, control or accept the risk.  In the same example – you could reduce the risk through tractor maintenance, manage the risk through training staff to drive and maintain the tractor, control the risk through vehicle warranty/extended warranty or accept the risk.