MEMBERSHIP OF the National Fallen Stock Scheme has reached 25,000 producers.

The scheme, jointly set up by government and the farming industry to help farmers dispose of dead animals, has been running since Nov 2004.

Michael Seals, chairman of the National Fallen Stock Company which administers the scheme, said: “The sign-up rate has been impressive but there are many more farmers out there who could benefit from our service.

“General UK feed-back about the scheme has already been very encouraging.”

A recent random survey of members found 94% of customers are satisfied with the quality of information received about the scheme.

Ninety-three per cent also said they are content with the telephone registration process and 89% are satisfied with the promptness of service.

“We do realise there have been some areas of the UK where members have encountered difficulties and we are working to resolve them,” said Mr Seals.

“Like any scheme of this size, we were always bound to have some teething problems.”

Farmers – and horse owners – can register with the National Fallen Stock Scheme by calling 0845 054 8888.