Take care to avoid big losses, warns EBLEX

UK - English dairy and beef herds need to plan the disposal of their older animals extra carefully over the final two years of the Older Cattle Disposal Scheme (OCDS) if they are to avoid losing out from the progressive annual reduction in compensation levels
calendar icon 30 January 2007
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This is the advice from the English Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX) following its analysis of the first year of the scheme.

Official figures show that a total of 107,000 animals born before August 1996 went through OCDS in 2006, following its introduction to replace the Over Thirty Month Scheme almost exactly 12 months ago.

This is markedly fewer than expected from original national estimates of surviving older cattle numbers.

Throughputs proved stable over the first half of the year, at between 1,000 and 1,500 animals per week.

Source: ic Teesside.co.uk
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