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Thousands of livestock thought to have drowned in Cumbria floods

Thousands of farm animals are thought to have died in the floods which devastated parts of North West England.


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The farming industry is facing its third weather disaster in as many years
The farming industry is facing its third weather disaster in as many years

As the major clear-up continues, the true cost of the disaster is coming to light.

 

The National Fallen Stock Company (NFSCO) said it estimated 2,000 sheep and 100 cattle drowned when flood waters engulfed farms last week.

 

NFSCO chairman Michael Seals said the organisation had been working alongside farmers to facilitate the disposal of dead livestock.

 

“At the moment it is about people getting these animals collected and urging farmers to get the paperwork ready so they can claim,” he said.

 

“I am told that the local authority grant aid will cover the cost of fallen stock collection and disposal.

 

“We have offered to speed that process up if we can help and if we are requested to do so.”

 

Mr Seals said as in previous years, farmers will be able to make retrospective claims for livestock.

 

 

Although many farmers managed to evacuate stock, others ran out of time. Some animals were dragged into rivers as flood waters cascaded through farms.

 

Gordon Tweedie, who milks 350 cows in the Eden Valley, said it was a ‘miracle’ 45 in-calf heifers which were swept away in the floods were found safe and well. One heifer was discovered on a golf course 20 miles away from the farm.

 

Last week the Government announced a £40 million Community Recovery Scheme package to help those affected by Storm Desmond to get back on their feet.

 

Support payments worth up to £20,000 have also been made available to to farmers across Cumbria and North Lancashire to help restore damaged agricultural land.

 

Farmers have continued to aid the relief effort, with many using their own machines to bail water out of flooded properties.

 

Members of Cumbria YFC also took to the streets to do their bit.

 

 

 


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