15 March 2002

Rules poised to stop farm burials

ON-FARM burial of dead stock is set to be outlawed under new rules on animal by-products being introduced by Brussels.

Euro-MPs had their second reading of the legislation this week, voting on a number of amendments dealing with such things as pig blood, meat-and-bonemeal and catering waste.

But on the subject of on-farm burial, there is already broad agreement between the main EU bodies.

"The UK is pretty much a lone voice on this, as we are about the only member state that routinely allows it," explains Beverly Wilson from the NFUs Brussels office. "Any derogation is only expected to be available for the remotest areas in the Highlands and Islands."

The move will leave farmers with fewer options for disposal. &#42