English sheep farmers SEVERE WEATHER PAYMENTS

Defra has made up to £250,000 available to subsidise the cost of collecting and rendering sheep that died in the severe late March snowfall. This will help farmers who suffered heavier losses than normal due to the exceptional weather, to cover these unexpected costs.

The National Fallen Stock Company (NFSCo) will administer the scheme, but farmers do not need to be members already or have used a member collector in order to apply for the subsidy.

Farmers will be able to claim up to 75% of the actual costs paid for collection and rendering. Total payments to all farmers are not to exceed £250,000. Payments to individual farmers will be reduced if this cap is exceeded.

Eligibility:

  • Farmers who have had fallen sheep collected between 1st April 2013 and 15th May 2013 inclusive may be eligible for the funding.
  • Farms that are located in the specified postcodes in England

What do farmers need to do to apply?:

Members of the National Fallen Stock Company need to do nothing at this stage in order to apply: NFSCo can use information on their system to check postcodes and eligibility for members. The NFSCo will contact you in July to inform you how much money you can expect to receive. This amount will then be paid into the bank account registered with NFSCo by the end of July or credited against your account.

Farmers who are not NFSCo members, or who use collectors that are not members, can also claim for support through NFSCo. They will need to submit a completed and signed application form to NFSCo. Non-members will also need to submit evidence, such as receipts or paid invoices, to show that they have paid for collections made in the relevant period by an operator approved to collect and dispose of fallen stock.

APPLICATIONS FROM NON-MEMBERS MUST BE RECEIVED BY NFSCO BY 30th JUNE 2013. PLEASE ALLOW ENOUGH TIME IF APPLYING BY POST.

For further detaisl see NFSCo website http://www.nfsco.co.uk/news-detail.php?NewsID=41