FURTHER DELAYS to the start of the National Fallen Stock Scheme have added to livestock producers‘ costs since the on-farm burial ban was announced last year.

Michael Seals, chairman of the Fallen Stock Company, says the scheme is due to start in the autumn.

But livestock producers will now have to pay weight related charges for the collection of fallen stock as well as an annual subscription fee of £28.

Renderers have already indicated rising charges for fallen stock collection – to as much as £90 per visit. 

All on-farm incinerators will have to be type approved by DEFRA by the end of this year.

Type approved incinerators with a capacity of up to 50kg/hr can cost between £6000 and £10,000 to buy.

Incinerator fuel costs calculated at 10 litres/hr and 30p/litre will, in many cases, mean that on-farm disposal costs will match or even exceed renderers‘ charges except for bulk quantities.