Scottish farmers urged to contact local authorities over drowned livestock

The National Farmers’ Union Scotland (NFU) has advised farmers that have come across livestock drowned in recent floods that don’t belong to them to contact their local authority. 

As a result of the flooding, a number of producers lost animals in swollen rivers, some of which could have been washed up in other people’s land.

After contacting the local authorities, the owners will be traced and it will be arranged for the deceased animals to be uplifted. If possible, farmers are requested to keep a note of ear tag numbers.

“The recent flooding has damaged many farm businesses across Scotland and we have had some reports of livestock being swept away in the floods,” said NFU Scotland’s livestock chairman Charlie Adam.

“As a result, some members are finding carcases on their land now that the waters have subsided.”

Even if the carcases have already been uplifted, the NFU asked farmers to still contact the local authorities. If flood-killed animals remain on the owner’s farm, farmers should make arrangements for the collection and removal of the dead livestock in the usual way.

“After speaking to the Scottish Government we now have clear guidance that farmers should contact their local authority if you find someone else’s dead animals on your land,” added Adam.

A list of local authority councils for the flood affected areas is below:

- Aberdeen City Council: Economic Development team on 01224 523931 or 523903

- Aberdeenshire Council
This document has telephone numbers for different areas:  

- Dumfries and Galloway Council – Flood payment phone line (8am to 6pm): 030 33 33 3009 or email:  

- Perth and Kinross Council – Council’s Flooding Team on: 01738 475000 or email: or go to:   

- Scottish Borders Council: 0300 100 1800 or go to:  

- Stirling Council - Flood Risk Management Team phone line (8am to 5.30pm): 01786 233003 or email:

Meanwhile, the NFU has urged the government to redouble its efforts in helping farmers cope with the deluge of water.

“We would also like to see the Government providing more resilient ways of managing flood risks that combine locally tailored solutions with an approach that can cope with more frequent and volatile weather," said the NFU's director of policy Andrew Clark.

"And we would also welcome an extension of the Farming Recovery Fund to support the recovery effort, which on some farms is well beyond the cost envisaged by the current Fund rules.”

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