PRODUCERS wishing to secure replacements for BSE cohorts before the MAFF vet visits could agree to buy heifers and then leave them on the sellers farm.
That will avoid including them in their herd numbers for the compensation top-up scheme, payable when over 10% of the herd is lost, says Andersons dairy business consultant Tony Evans.
Any served heifers on the farm will be counted as part of the herd by MAFF vets, including served heifers bought to replace anticipated cohort culls. Those extra animals could reduce the proportion of the herd entering the selective cull scheme cutting the top-up compensation. But he warns that if a deposit is paid for heifers they may no longer be covered by the sellers insurance, so buyers will need to cover them. *