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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Burial laws relaxed for another week 'following advice from vets'

The Natural Resources Minister says that following advice from vets and the Met Office it has become clear that "the current derogation for on-farm burial is still necessary for the time being."

But Alun Davies says "geographical coverage must remain closely targeted on the areas worst affected."

My officials are continuously gathering evidence from the ground, and I am reviewing the situation on a daily basis.

It is important that we understand the specific locational impacts of the snow, so that we can respond as necessary with focussed practical support for those farm holdings in most need.

We are ready to work with the farming unions on welcome initiatives such as fodder banks and fodder distribution networks.

– Alun Davies AM, Natural Resources Minister

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