October 25, 2007: The Culled and Fallen Stock Disposal  Scheme, announced by Secretary of State for the Environment Hilary Benn as part of the £12.5m support package for farmers, opens for business today.

Under this scheme, Defra will cover the full cost of the collection and disposal of fallen stock carcasses, and stock culled for welfare reasons, for all livestock keepers with animals susceptible to Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) within the FMD Restricted Zone. The Scheme is also available in the Surveillance Zone under specific licensing conditions.   This scheme replaces the National Fallen Stock Scheme arrangements in this area and will continue for as long as there are restrictions in these areas.

Any farmer who wishes to use the scheme should call the Culled and Fallen Stock Disposal Scheme helpline on 0845 054 8888 for details of collection and disposal arrangements.

Further information

Secretary of State for the Environment, Hilary Benn, announced a package worth £12.5m for English farmers on 8 October 2007: http://www.defra.gov.uk/news/2007/071008b.htm

Full details of the Culled and Fallen Stock Disposal  Scheme including how to ensure appropriate welfare arrangements are made for animals which are to be culled can be found on the Defra website at: www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/diseases/fmd/movements/fallen-stock.htm

Further information on Foot and Mouth Disease can be found on the Defra website at www.defra.gov.uk/footandmouth

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