Given the disease spread parameters and capacity specifications for carcass disposal
, vaccination and disease detection, the optimization model minimizes outbreak costs by choosing daily herd depopulation and vaccination levels.
The report has been published by the Department of Health as part of an ongoing programme studying the effects of carcass disposal
on human health, air quality, water supplies and the human food chain.
(Today the control of anthrax outbreaks falls under the jurisdiction of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.) When the northern outbreaks occurred, the federal department sent a veterinarian from its Health of Animals Branch to collect samples for bacteriological confirmation of the disease and to supervise carcass disposal
In May, the commission had used its emergency powers to ban the digging of any new carcass disposal
pits after July 1 because freezing was now an alternative.
Fallen stock was a burning issue, with farmers questioning the new methods of carcass disposal
now that on-farm burial has been outlawed.
NFU Cymru says the incident underlines the need for farmers to back rural ministry Defra's carcass disposal
He claims that successiveUK governments have failed to put an off-farm animal carcass disposal
scheme in place, although one has been recently proposed by the Government.
So we are left with a sense of ``why should I pay for something which brings no tangible benefits?''The industry is yet to be convinced the carcass disposal
law is needed,let alone the merits of paying for it.
We have just retired as commoners on the Royal Forest of Brecknock, and would make the following points: 1, Hundreds of sheep die on the hills in summer in deep bracken and could only be discovered by regular helicopter patrols; most farmers leave their sheep untended for some months on the hills and have no way of telling if any have died; 2, The proposed carcass disposal
programme is completely impractical for remote hill farmers and if implemented would have severe risks of spreading disease; 3, Wildlife ranging from buzzards and kites to foxes have lived off carcasses for centuries and would suffer severely (and increase predation) if their food source was removed.