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From: TSS (216-119-144-33.ipset24.wt.net)
Subject: NATIONAL FALLEN STOCK SCHEME EXPECTED TO START NEXT MONTH UK, USA STILL USING THE OLD SSS POLICY 'SHOOT, SHOVEL AND SHUT the hell up
Date: September 20, 2004 at 9:02 am PST

Date: September 20, 2004 Time: 12:15

NATIONAL FALLEN STOCK SCHEME EXPECTED TO START NEXT MONTH

The National Fallen Stock Company today announced that the National Fallen Stock Scheme is expected to start next month.

Chairman of the Board Michael Seals said: "After months of hard work, the Board of the National Fallen Stock Company, in partnership with Government and the livestock industry, should be ready to launch the National Fallen Scheme next month.

"The Board has decided there will be an annual subscription fee of 28. Individual horse owners will able to join for 15 - this fee reflects their likely lower usage of the Scheme.

"The Government is providing 10 million in the first year. This will allow the Company to pay 30 per cent of the costs of collection of farmed livestock.

"The Scheme will give livestock owners access to a guaranteed, nationwide, biosecure collection service at reasonable prices and I would urge all those with a responsibility for disposing of fallen stock to join."

Further details of the Scheme, including the start date, will be made available shortly and livestock owners will be able to register to join the Scheme in advance of the collection service starting.

Notes for editors

1. The EU Animal By-Products Regulation, which banned the routine on-farm burial and burning of animal carcases, came in to force on May 1, 2003.

2. Details of the EU Animal By-Products Regulation including more information and Q & A material about disposal of fallen stock and the new scheme can be found on the Defra website at

http://www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/by-prods/default.htm.

and at

http://www.nationalfallenstock.co.uk.

Public Enquiries: 08459 335577
Press Notices available via Defra website www.defra.gov.uk Defra's aim is sustainable development

Issued by Defra on behalf of the NFSCo

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Nobel House, 17 Smith Square, London, SW1P 3JR

http://www.wired-gov.net/

TSS





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