Hauliers subcontracted to collect and dispose of livestock for Wessex incineration are worried they could loose out on thousands of pounds after the Somerset incineration plant went into receivership.

Licensed Animal Slaughterers and Salvage Association (LASSA) chairman, Rob Green, said he knew of seven LASSA members affected, who were each owed £30-50,000. “I do fear whether they’ll ever see this money,” he said.

Wessex Incineration had a contract to collect, sample and dispose of fallen stock across the country. It subcontracted a lot of the work to haulage companies running between one and 12 lorries.

A spokeswoman for the Rural Payments Agency, which supported the national fallen stock scheme to the tune of £2m in 2008, said: “Whilst RPA has every sympathy for the hauliers involved, hauliers who collect fallen stock do not work directly for RPA, but for the company under a subcontracting arrangement.

“RPA has received a number of payment queries from hauliers and these have been passed on to the administrator [believed to be PricewaterhouseCoopers] for consideration.”

Nobody from Wessex Incineration would comment on whether creditors would receive their money, or why the company had gone into administration.