IFA Animal Health Chairman Pat Farrell said the latest survey of the cost of fallen animal disposal carried out by IFA highlights the impact a lack of competition is having in some areas in exposing farmers to exorbitant and unjustified charges.
Pat Farrell said it is clear from the survey results that where meaningful competition exists, farmers have access to a competitively priced fallen animal disposal system. However, in areas dependent on a single service provider, the costs can be twice the national average.
Detailing some of the prices established in the survey, Pat Farrell said the average disposal costs for calves is €25, but ranges from €10 to as high as €50.
The average price for weanlings (6 to 12 months) is €53 with a huge price range from €20 to €75 per animal.
Pat Farrell said the most expensive category continues to be 24 to 48-month old animals, which are averaging just over €100. The cost ranges from €60 to a high of €130.
Pat Farrell said farmers who live in close proximity to a knackery are availing of much lower disposal costs where they can deliver their animals directly. Typically, in these cases, charges are €10 to €30 less than collected charges. “All farmers should have access to a competitively priced disposal system for fallen animals and he called on the Department of Agriculture to address the shortcomings in the current system.”