Collection scheme for BSE testing

A NEW scheme for the collection of fallen animals for BSE testing has been announced by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.

It follows a budget decision that the department’s contribution to the Fallen Animals Scheme will cease with effect from Tuesday next.

Arrangements have now been put in place to provide financial support for the collection of certain animals, notably bovines over 48 months of age, for sampling, as required under the ongoing national BSE surveillance programme.

Farmers have been reminded by the department of the legal requirement that other animals, which die on farms, must also generally be disposed of through rendering plants.

The department said farmers may continue to use the existing collection network or may transport dead animals by prior arrangement to approved plants.


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