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New Scheme for Collection of Fallen Animals for BSE Testing

The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food has confirmed that its contribution to the Fallen Animals Scheme will cease with effect from Tuesday 14th April 2009.

Arrangements have been put in place to provide financial support for the collection of certain animals, notably bovines over 48 months of age, for sampling, as required under the ongoing national BSE surveillance programme.

Farmers are reminded of the legal requirement that other animals, which die on farms must also generally be disposed of through rendering plants. Farmers may continue to use the existing collection network or, in the alternative, may transport dead animals by prior arrangement to approved plants, provided they transport the carcasses in leak-proof, covered containers or vehicles.

The burial of animals that die on-farm regardless of age is precluded unless the farmer has a burial licence issued by the local District Veterinary Office. Such licences can only be issued in respect of fallen animals in remote areas i.e. listed islands, boglands and mountains.

All keepers of bovine animals are reminded of the legal requirement to notify movements of all bovines (live and dead) off their holdings to the Department.

9 April, 2009

                                                                

Date Released: 09 April 2009