Frustration grows as English farmers wait for fallen stock decision

Confusion still surrounds the issue of fallen stock disposal in England – much to the fury of farmers.

Farmers in Scotland were granted a derogation to bury dead stock at the start of the week and the Welsh Assembly announced on Tuesday evening (7 August) that lorry collections would resume subject to tighter biosecurity controls.

The Welsh Assembly confirmed that all farmers (and not just scheme members) would be able to use National Fallen Stock Collection scheme approved collectors (call 0845 054 8888) to pick up any fallen stock from the farmgate rather than the farm.

If collection cannot be organised within 72 hours of the farmer informing the collector, the farmer can bury subject to notification to local trading standards of the name of the farm, the type and number of animals to be collected and the name of the authorised collector who was unable to make the pick-up.

The burial option is not, however, available for cattle born before 1996, or any other stock needing post-mortem testing.

A DEFRA statement released on Tuesday (7 Aug) said plans were in hand to reintroduce collections “in the next few days” but officials were still saying on Wednesday (8 Aug) that the way forward was being “considered”.

But the delay in getting information to producers on the issue has provoked an angry reaction from farmers.

David Harris from South Lincs said he had been told to store a dead calf in the corner of his yard, but with the current, heat it would be liquid and bone within three days.

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