Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Farming: Culling of Older Cattle Must Be Planned on Individual Basis

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Farming: Culling of Older Cattle Must Be Planned on Individual Basis

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ENGLISH dairy and beef herds must plan the culling of all cattle born before August 1996 on an individual basis over the final 16 months of the Older Cattle Disposal Scheme if they are to avoid losing compensation.

The English Beef and Lamb Executive says the introduction of mandatory OCDS booking means only animals pre-booked into daily slaughtering slots with licensed scheme abattoirs will be allowed to enter the scheme and be eligible for compensation.

Eblex Policy Adviser, Mark Topliff said "Official calculations suggest the available national OCDS capacity of 6,000 animals/week should be sufficient to accommodate the 300,000-plus cattle born before August 1996. However, this can only be achieved by carefully controlled utilisation of the available slots."

Disposal options are likely to be come especially limited towards the end of the year.

Recognising this, the Rural Payments Agency has set a deadline of September 30 for booking of animals to be slaughtered between October 1-December 31 this year. …

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