Easter is just around the corner, the daffodils are blooming, and the farms are buzzing with new life. It’s always a lovely time of year for new life.
But what about when things don’t go so right…..
In the UK, the lambing season can begin at any time between November and June. Because a significant portion of turnover occurs during the lambing season, it is imperative that this time period works smoothly.
When farmers decide to begin preparing for the lambing season, will depend on several aspects, including the location, size of the herd, and many more factors. At this time of year, sheep farmers in the UK are getting ready to take care of up to 15 million ewes! Farmers typically begin the preparation process months in advance by making sure the ewes are fit enough to give birth to lambs.
Farmers and those in agricultural industries must take the required actions as sheep or goat farmers to safeguard the welfare of their animals. While preserving good health is crucial to upholding acceptable standards for animal care, such actions will also maximise your flock's or herd's productivity.
The primary illnesses that affect sheep and goats are covered in the link below, including those that are notifiable and require reporting. It covers farmers’ legal obligations relating to hormone therapies, the use of antibiotics, and maintaining medication records. It also covers general disease prevention and legal regulations to prevent specific dangers, such as the spread of foot and mouth disease (FMD).
The term "fallen stock" refers to any animal that has perished on a farm from a natural cause, a disease, or that has been killed there for purposes other than human consumption.
On farms, it is forbidden to bury or burn dead animals because doing so increases the danger of disease transmission by contaminating groundwater, the air, or soil residues. ABPs, such as stillborn animals and afterbirth, are also covered by this rule.
All fallen farm animals - including stillborn animals - must be collected by an approved transporter and taken for disposal or treatment to an approved:
· hunt kennel
· maggot farm
Fallen stock must be collected, identified and transported without ‘undue delay’. This means as soon as is reasonably practical under the circumstances.
Disposal by incineration
This is where M & S groups help solve the issue and work alongside so many farmers.
Dealing with fallen animals during the lambing season can be an expensive diversion, as all farmers are aware. You can swiftly and properly dispose of your fallen goods and save money on collection costs by having an on-site incinerator.
M & S Groups can specifically design, fabricate and install incinerators that are within guidelines and regulations that serve the purpose of safely disposing of fallen stock.
Several prosperous farms in the UK and abroad presently operate one of our incinerators, lowering their landfill expenses by obliterating their own waste. Farmers have already pooled their resources to buy an incinerator that they can use on multiple farms. This contributes to cost containment while offering a practical waste management solution.
Incineration allows farmers complete control over the process and peace of mind knowing that their waste is completely destroyed, lowering the risk of contamination during lambing season.
M & S Groups have dealt with biohazard issues for many years and understand the value of getting the correct items to the right places promptly. DEFRA has authorised all of our animal incinerators, and they all adhere to the EU Animal By-Products Regulation (ABPR). Our mobile incinerators allow for the prompt disposal of infected animals over a wide area with a reduction in the cross-contamination risk. For sheep and ewe incineration we have many models fit for this purpose.
Our expert team can offer expert advice, knowledge and help with all servicing and fabrications.
On a more positive note – we do wish the best of luck and a prosperous lambing season to all the farmers across the UK.
And look how cute those little lambs are in that photo!
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