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On-farm burial of carcases allowed for farmers affected by the bad weather

Defra has permitted the on-farm burial or burning of carcases for farmers affected by the bad weather.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

The recent bad weather has been a severe blow to British farmers making it extremely difficult for farmers to dispose of animal carcases. During these exceptional circumstances farmers will be allowed to bury or burn animals on the farm land.

To support farmers through these difficult times, we’ve relaxed rules on driver hours to allow extra time for essential deliveries of animal feed get through to farms and permitted farmers with red diesel in their tractors to help grit and clear snow from public roads to help communities during the bad weather.

We have also asked the National Fallen Stock Company to consider reduced costs for multiple collections of stock from the same farm.

Published 3 April 2013