TWO-THIRDS of producers are willing to join a voluntary pay-as-you-go fallen stock collection scheme, according to a FWi poll.

Out of 187 respondents, 116 said they would join the scheme, scheduled to start in the autumn. Only 71 said they would not join.

Farm leaders from the NFU, NFU Scotland, National Beef Association and Ulster Farmers Union have already given the thumbs-up to the plan, unveiled last Thurs (May 12).

Frank Momber, NBA vice-chairman said he thought the scheme, which is likely to cost £25 to join, was a win-win for farmers and deserved an enthusiastic uptake.

The plan is that farmers will be able to pick their own collector and then will pay the National Fallen Stock Company for each animal collected using an open direct debit.

The collection fee will be subsidised by the government for the first three years of the scheme.

There will be no call centre – producers will contact the collector directly. Animals will be picked up within 48 hours.