Booking still open for older cattle disposal

The English Beef and Lamb Executive has welcomed Defra's extension of the booking period for the Older Cattle Disposal Scheme (OCDS) for this year.

The English Beef and Lamb Executive has welcomed Defra's extension of the booking period for the Older Cattle Disposal Scheme (OCDS) for this year.

As a result of disruptions caused by Foot and Mouth movement restrictions, Defra has announced that bookings for disposal of pre August 1996 cattle during this calendar year can now be made up until 31 October 2007 - an extension of one month.

2008 will see the final year of the Scheme and on 1 January 2008 there will be a 10% reduction in compensation paid to 292 Euros per head, equivalent to £195 at the current exchange rate.

Nick Allen, senior regional manager at EBLEX said: "This is a helpful and pragmatic move by Defra. I urge producers thinking of disposing of pre August '96 cattle before the winter to book now and take advantage of the higher compensation rates available this year.

"In addition, any producers who still have older animals on farm should plan their disposal carefully during the next year to avoid any last minute rush and possible disappointment".

Bookings can only be made through a registered abattoir or market and at the time of booking the ear tag numbers of the animals and your CPH number must be given.

Cattle producers wanting further information should contact the OCDS helpline on 0118 968 7333 or visit www.rpa.gov.uk

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