Reimbursement for removing sheep killed by snow

The farming minister has announced a reimbursement for the cost of removing sheep killed in the heavy snowfall that hit the UK in March.

The Department for the Environment, Food & Rural affairs (Defra) has also allowed farmers to bury or burn livestock onsite, if the weather conditions make it difficult to move them, in addition to relaxing rules on driver hours.

There will be up to 250,000 available to farmers who had difficulties due to the weather.

Farming minister David Heath said: "As I saw on my recent visit to Cumbria, the loss of sheep in recent snow has taken a terrible emotional and financial toll on farmers. We have been working with the National Fallen Stock Company to find the fairest way to help them meet the cost of removing their stock.

"Im pleased to be able to announce this support today and call upon the public to lend their own support to our farmers by choosing British lamb," he added.

Defra has joined forces with the National Fallen Stock Company, to encourage discounted rates for sheep removal of more than 10 at a time.

Deputy president of the National Farmers Union (NFU) Meurig Raymond said: "This very welcome move by Defra will come as a huge relief to those farming families who have struggled with the worst spring snow in living memory and have since faced the very specific problem of the cost of removal of large numbers of dead animals.

"The NFU will now continue to work very closely with the government on the detail of exactly how this money will be distributed."

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