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Fallen stock

When a farm animal, including stillborn, dies on a farm, the carcass must be collected, identified and transported by an approved transporter. It is then to be disposed of following regulations by one of the following: knacker, hunt kennel, maggot farm, incinerator and renderer. 

Another option is to use the National Fallen Stock Company which is a not for profit company that can by used by farmers and horse owners (http://www.nfsco.co.uk/). Bins can be used to store carcasses but must have lids and be leakproof.

All cattle over 48 months that die or are slaughtered have to be tested for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE). A collector of carcasses has to be contacted within 24 hours of death in this case for it to be tested at an approved sampling site.

Pet animals are allowed to be buried. A pet animal is defined as any species normally nourished and kept, but not consumed, by humans for purposes other than farming. This mean that farm animals such as sheep, cows, pigs, goats and poultry are not included in this and therefore cannot be buried.

 

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