21 September 2001

Now fund to succour trapped livestock

Empty fields and spaces in stock finishing houses this autumn tell their sad story. The animals that should fill them are either dead or trapped by movement restrictions in the hills and elsewhere. They face a bleak winter possibly without feed or shelter.

Thank goodness for the ARC-Addington fund which is setting up practical assistance to get feed and straw to these stock via the National Fodder Bureau. It is practical assistance which has been badly lacking from DEFRA.

But DEFRA match funding is needed until the end of the year, to stem the looming welfare disaster.

It is difficult to think of a more practical way for DEFRA to help fill the empty fields and spaces. How much better than condemning livestock to the black hole of the welfare disposal scheme?

Now fund to succour trapped livestock

Empty fields and spaces in stock finishing houses this autumn tell their sad story. The animals that should fill them are either dead or trapped by movement restrictions in the hills and elsewhere. They face a bleak winter possibly without feed or shelter.

Thank goodness for the ARC-Addington fund which is setting up practical assistance to get feed and straw to these stock via the National Fodder Bureau. It is practical assistance which has been badly lacking from DEFRA.

But DEFRA match funding is needed until the end of the year, to stem the looming welfare disaster.

It is difficult to think of a more practical way for DEFRA to help fill the empty fields and spaces. How much better than condemning livestock to the black hole of the welfare disposal scheme?