A FARMER ON the island of Anglesey has made a token challenge to the fallen stock regulations.
Peter Rogers, a former Welsh Assembly member who plans to stand at the next General Election, had threatened to bury dead animals in a pit he excavated at Cefn Dderwen, his beef and sheep unit at Brynsiencyn.
But after taking legal advice he decided to avoid prosecution by covering the rotting carcasses of ewes and lambs with a tarpaulin rather than soil.
“I felt I had to do something. Despite the best efforts of the contractors, the collection system is in disarray. Some animals lying dead in my yard have been there for five weeks. The stench is unbearable and the rats are having a field day.
“I feel I have been forced into taking this action on behalf of myself and my fellow farmers, who are all suffering in the same way.”
He described the Fallen Stock Scheme as fatally flawed. It had failed law-abiding farmers and he knew of some who were so desperate that they had already started burying dead livestock again.
Peredur Hughes, NFU Cymru president, said complaints about the unsatisfactory way the FSS is working in north Wales had been aired by union representatives at a meeting in Caernarfon with representatives of the company, contractors, the Welsh Assembly and Trading Standards.
“People are at the end of their tethers, but I urge them not to invite prosecution by involvement in public demonstrations like the one staged by Mr Rogers,” he added.