Farmers affected by extreme weather: Collection of fallen animals

29 March 2013

The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has outlined the key principles surrounding the financial assistance to farmers for collection and disposal of fallen animals, as a result of the recent snow storm.

What is available?

Funding is being made available to

This information deals with the first of these first of these issues.

Who is eligible?

What should farmers do?

BT25, BT31, BT33, BT34, BT35, BT36, BT40, BT43, BT44, BT54,

Farmers should NOT contact DARD to arrange collection of fallen stock

Farmers should move fallen stock to a point on the farm which has hard standing (concrete or tarmac) and which the collecting vehicle will be able to access (central yard, end of farm lane, etc). A number of carcases may be moved to this point, and all carcases must be covered with a tarpaulin or similar so that it is not possible for dogs / foxes / birds to access them until they are collected. Carcases must be held securely in this way until they are collected.

What checks will be made ?

If a farmer is outside this area and thinks his premises should be included?


- do not approach or touch the dead animal(s)

- do not allow other animals (ie pet dogs) to approach or touch the dead animals

- contact the DARD helpline with details of the dead animal (species, number of animals, location)

Notes to Editors:

  1. All media enquiries to DARD Press Office, or tel: 028 9052 4619.