Snowy weather in Denmark for the 2010 Agromek show provided an opportunity for Danish insurance company Topdanmark to promote a service that will clear snow from the roofs of customers’ pig buildings.

The idea started with severe snowstorms during the 2009/10 winter period, when house roofs on 150 pig units in the northern Jutland area of Denmark collapsed under the weight of snow.

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Today, producers covered by Topdanmark’s new insurance plan can call the company if the build-up of snow on the roof of any of their pig-houses becomes excessive. It will then arrange for a contractor to visit without extra charge and remove the snow before there is any structural collapse.