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Reduction in levels of Government subsidy for fallen stock collection

by 5m Editor
17 July 2006, at 12:00am

UK - Government has agreed that the National Fallen Stock Company can implement the first stage of its planned decrease in the level of subsidy paid to farmers for the collection and disposal of fallen stock under the National Fallen Stock Scheme, DEFRA reports.

Reduction in levels of Government subsidy for fallen stock collection - UK - Government has agreed that the National Fallen Stock Company can implement the first stage of its planned decrease in the level of subsidy paid to farmers for the collection and disposal of fallen stock under the National Fallen Stock Scheme, DEFRA reports.

The discount given to members will be reduced from 50% to 35%. The new rate will come into effect from 1 August 2006, and will apply until further notice.

This reduction will allow the existing £20m funding to be better spread over the extended funding period until November 2008 and help to ensure there is a smooth transition to a post-subsidy scheme.

Animal Health and Welfare Minister Ben Bradshaw said:

“Today's news should not come as any great surprise to farmers as our intention to cut the Government subsidy has been in the public domain and on the defra website since the scheme started towards the end of 2004. We always envisaged this situation, it was just a question of when.“

“There will also be further cuts in discount in the future in line with our stated approach towards a post subsidy scheme. As of 21 June 2006, the National Fallen Stock Scheme had 40,166 members. The subsidy reduction will mean that a farmer who is a member of the National Fallen Stock Scheme currently paying £32 for the collection of, for example, some pigs, would, after August 1, pay £41.60 for collection. However, the cost without the Government subsidy (or for a non- member) would be £64.“

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