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National Fallen Stock Scheme pays £11 million to 41,000 farmers in first two years

28 November 2006

UK - The National Fallen Stock Company has distributed over £11million of Government funding to farmers, with 700,000 collections of fallen stock carried out by the 140 collectors, since the beginning of the scheme in November 2004.

The National Fallen Stock Company (NFSCo) was set up by Defra and the Devolved Administrations to run a voluntary scheme to assist farmers with the cost and practicalities of complying with the EU Animal By-Products Regulation, following the ban on on-farm burial or burning. The scheme also ensures confidence that fallen stock will be collected and disposed of according to strict biosecurity guidelines.

Minister for Animal Welfare Ben Bradshaw today paid tribute to the success of the scheme saying:

“This is an excellent example of government and the industry working together to provide a valued service to the farming community.”

Michael Seals, NFSCo Chairman says:

“NFSCo has reached this two year milestone achieving over 41,000 active members in the UK.

The scheme has achieved its objective of delivering government support directly to farmers efficiently and at low cost. We are looking forward to progressing NFSCo into the future.”

Currently, members of the scheme get 35% of the cost of fallen stock collection and disposal paid for by government grant. New members can still join the scheme to benefit from this support that will last for the next two years. Joining the scheme is simple by telephone. Members are sent a list of all the registered collectors operating in their area for the species they farm. This list also includes the prices so members can choose the collector they wish to use.

The helpline number for joining or enquires is 0845 054 88 88 or see www.nfsco.co.uk.

ThePoultrySite News Desk





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