DEFRA has outlined proposals as part of the long-awaited Responsibility and Cost Sharing consultation, which will run until 30 June 2009.

What do you make of DEFRA’s proposals for compulsory insurance and levy to pay for disease surveillance and outbreaks? Tell us on the forums

Livestock farmers could have to pay an animal health levy and take out insurance against future disease outbreaks.

The annual levy would be paid from 2012 at the earliest date and cover the cost of disease surveillance.

The suggested cost per head is:

  • 9p/sheep
  • 82p/pig
  • 4p/bird
  • £2.50/bovine.

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