As the scheme involves the collection and disposal of fallen stock that has died, it is particularly important that bio-security guidelines are followed. Disease is not always apparent and this is particularly applicable to those that may be in their early stages and therefore there is a real risk of collectors transferring diseases from farm to farm.
Collectors and scheme members are required to adhere to the National Fallen Stock Scheme Bio security Guidance set out by the NFSCo, together with any bio-security procedures that may already be in place by the local authorities.
Before arrival on every farm the collector must ensure that the outside of vehicles or trailers are cleaned and disinfected and that appropriate protective clothing is also cleansable and disinfected between farm premises. Collectors should ensure that fallen stock collection vehicles are not taken into areas where there are livestock. Collectors should also refrain from entering these areas as well.
Scheme members also have an obligation to make sure that bio-security on their premises is not jeopardised during collections. They are encouraged to develop methods of working which are designed to minimise the movements of people, vehicle and equipment into areas with livestock. Scheme members must remove any fallen stock to areas where other livestock and wildlife do not have access and where possible, e.g. poultry, young stock, small ruminants, stored in leak proof, vented and covered containers.
If you suspect that your stock may be infected with or has died from a notifiable disease or if you have had sudden/unexpected deaths in your livestock, you must notify your local Animal Health Divisional Office (AHDO) immediately for further investigation.
Please note this page is for guidance only. For full details please view the Bio Security Guidelines below.