NFSCoNational Fallen Stock Company
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Compliance with animal by-products legislation and possible alternatives to the fallen stock collection service topped the agenda at a recent NFSCo meeting with representatives from across the livestock sector.
NFSCo has warned it could take several months before the necessary infrastructure is in place.
Since NFSCo took on the administration from the Rural Payments Agency we have almost halved the cost of collections from around pounds 170 per carcass to an average of pounds 92.
The pounds 18 NFSCo annual membership fee will cease from December 1, to be replaced by a pounds 1.
NFSCo regional director for Wales Eifion Evans (seated), views Glenfarm's IT management system.
Meanwhile NFSCo signed a temporary contract with Rural Incineration and Disposal to collect fallen stock from specific areas in North Wales until the Clutton problem is resolved.
I am sure more farmers will want to install these community-type schemes but what NFSCo is offering us is unacceptable.
NFSCo chairman Michael Seals said the new arrangement is intended to be an additional service running alongside traditional collection methods.
It is essential that anyone experiencing problems with the collection scheme should immediately contact their local Welsh Assembly agricultural office as well as the NFSCo so that the scale of the problem can be fully recorded.
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 on-farm burial or burning ban.
Privately the NFSCo is frustrated at the pace of progress in opening new ICCs.
The Government is providing pounds 10m in the first year to allow the NFSCo to meet 30% of the costs of collecting and disposing of dead stock.