Isle of Wight no longer exempt from fallen stock ban

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has amended its guidance on fallen stock and the safe disposal of dead animals. 

According to the latest update, the Isle of Wight is no longer classified as a remote area and has been removed from the section on exemptions to the ban on burying and burning fallen stock.

With this amendment, farmers on the Isle of Wight can no longer bury or burn fallen stock. The ban is in place to prevent the risk of spreading disease from residues in the soil, groundwater or air pollution.

In accordance with the guidance, fallen livestock must be collected, identified and transported from a farm as soon as is “reasonably practical”.

This can be done by using the National Fallen Stock Company, a not-for-profit industry-led community interest company or one of the approved animal transporters.

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