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Farmers will have to bury stock; FARM & COUNTRY.

WALES and most of England were last night given the go ahead to collect dead animals from farms and resume the movement of live animals direct to slaughterhouses.

Cardiff said yesterday that farmers signed up to the National Fallen Stock Company scheme could start arranging fallen stock collections from the farm gate.

Dead stock should have their feet and head bagged prior to collection.

If collections cannot be made within 72 hours, farmers can bury animals on farm providing they notify local trading standards.

Burial should be away from streams and other watercourses.

NFU Cymru president Dai Davies said the arrangements were "totally unacceptable".

He said: "You can just imagine the perception of the industry if tourists in Wales drive along country lanes and see piles of rotting animals at farm gates.

"Cattle must be collected for incineration but there should a derogation until the end of the restrictions allowing smaller animals to be buried as soon as they die."

The current burial arrangements will not apply to cattle born before 1996 or other animals which need post-mortem testing.

Producers who are not NFSC members should also contact the company (0845 054 8888) to arrange collection by a local authorised collector.

They should not use existing direct arrangements such as hunt kennels.

Rural affairs minister Elin Jones said: "It is essential that we allow for the prompt, safe and secure disposal of animals that have died on farm.

"In devising the new rules biosecurity has been paramount."
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