25 December 1998

Scots disposals

PLANS are well advanced to begin a collection and disposal service for livestock casualties on farms in Scotland.

The scheme, said Scottish NFU vice-president Jim Walker, would cover the north east and south west, the areas most densely populated with livestock. Other areas would continue with on-farm burials, matching an agreed code of best practice.

"The idea is that, in the two areas concerned, there would be a network of collection points delivering to a central location and carcasses would then be transported to a dedicated processing and rendering plant," Mr Walker said.

There would be a cost but it would not be discussed until the details of the scheme were finalised.