More time to bury dead livestock

The relaxation of laws that prevent farmers burying their livestock on their land is to be extended for a further week. Farmers called for the change to help them deal with the deaths of hundreds of animals following heavy snow.

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Minister 'will look at how to help farmers with fallen stock'

I’m very aware of the extreme difficulties farmers in Wales are experiencing as a result of the extreme weather we have witnessed over the last week.

Sheep farmers are facing their busiest time of the year with the lambing season, which is not yet over in some parts of Wales. The extreme weather has put an added strain on them.

One of the most pressing issues farmers have told me they are now facing is how to deal with fallen stock.

I asked my Chief Veterinary Officer, Professor Christianne Glossop to look urgently at what the Welsh Government can do to alleviate the burden on farmers. I will say more about our intentions early next week.

– Alun Davies, Natural Resources and Food Minister

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