Livestock farmers have been given a final chance to register for the Older Cattle Disposal Scheme.

Farmers have until 31 December to enter cattle into the scheme and receive compensation for cattle born or reared in the UK before 1 August 1996.

The booking-in system was originally closed on 30 September, but the Rural Payments Agency announced there were a limited number of slaughter slots still available.

Paul Temple, NFU vice president, said it was the “last chance saloon” for producers to make use of the scheme and gain compensation.

“The NFU is working extremely hard with other stakeholders to lobby DEFRA and we will be writing to the minister to ensure that any anticipated collection and disposal costs for bovines are as low as possible for producers when the OCDS finally closes on 31 December,” he added.