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One of our oldest ewes has succumbed to the cold - I found her this morning.

I have rung the service equarrissage and they are coming tomorrow morning to collect her body. I have never used this service before and the lady informed me there is no charge but I just wondered if I should give the chap a tip when he comes along?

What do you do?

Many thanks
Slacko


30 Nov 2010, 10:58
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Hi,
whether you tip the driver is up to you. I am more curious to know how you get this service for free?

Until last year, all registered farmers had fallen stock removed free. Now we have to pay an annual charge based on the number of animals declared on the books. Well, at least we have to in the Dordogne. A sort of insurrance policy. My bill this year was for nearly 100 euros.

Kind regards cbp

ps. if you are the private owner of a horse be prepared to pay up to 300 euros to get a carcass removed!


30 Nov 2010, 12:07
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We only have a handful of sheep and I pay an annual charge of about €28 which includes an annual forfeit towards identification administration and equarrissage. I expected to have to pay something should I need to use the equarrissage service but apparently I dont -its included in the annual forfeit.

I am in dept 35


30 Nov 2010, 12:29
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:lol:

Something for nothing, I knew it was too good to be true!!

kind regards cbp


30 Nov 2010, 13:02
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hey but come on ... its next to nothing! I call that value for money which, at the moment in France, is something to celebrate!

I am a happy bunny (apart from the fact that I lost my best old girl - she must be about 15, the previous owners just left her here) :cry:


30 Nov 2010, 14:10
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in 56, earlier this year, my friend was charged 60 euros for the removal of a ewe. She has less than 9 sheep. Amazing what difference a matter of 50 kilometres makes.


01 Dec 2010, 10:24
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Gosh yes it is isnt it. Is she registered with a cheptel number etc? Do her sheep have ear tags?


01 Dec 2010, 10:32
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Just curious - why can't you just bury it?


01 Dec 2010, 13:16
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LeMins wrote:
Just curious - why can't you just bury it?


Hi, simple answer is that it is illegal!

In reality many smaller animals,sheep/goats end up under the muck heap especially when they die in Summer and the "lorry" can take up to five days to come round, by which time the carcass is walking off on its own!!.

Officially, all dead farm animals have to be disposed of by removal from the farm by an approved "knacker" company. It is strictly illegal to bury dead animals on the farm property or be "pushed" into a ditch or piece of woodland to rot.

The idea behind these regulations are fairly obvious, disease control and prevention of pollution to water courses etc.Whilst it may be argued that the odd sheep in the muck heap isn't going to cause much of a health hazard, getting rid of a carcass as big as a cow is a different thing altogether. I have lost two large bovines in the last twelve months,
and I for one am glad I didn't have to dig holes for them!!

The fact that we (farmers) have to pay for this service now may encourage more people to use the service rather than make a trip to the muck heap. A farmer is always going to want something for his money!!

kind regards cbp


01 Dec 2010, 13:57
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slacko wrote:
One of our oldest ewes has succumbed to the cold - I found her this morning.

I have rung the service equarrissage and they are coming tomorrow morning to collect her body. I have never used this service before and the lady informed me there is no charge but I just wondered if I should give the chap a tip when he comes along?

What do you do?

Many thanks
Slacko

We used to give the driver a bottle at the end of the year , but a bottle of wine goes a long way in saying thanks
Zamira


01 Dec 2010, 22:58
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slacko wrote:
Gosh yes it is isnt it. Is she registered with a cheptel number etc? Do her sheep have ear tags?


Yes cheptel number and all ear tagged.


03 Dec 2010, 11:42
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Blimey well yes thats odd isnt it. Well the chap came and didnt charge me - i shouldnt speak too soon, perhaps I will receive a bill!


03 Dec 2010, 12:01
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slacko wrote:
Blimey well yes thats odd isnt it. Well the chap came and didnt charge me - i shouldnt speak too soon, perhaps I will receive a bill!


Hi, I don't know how anyone else goes about it but, when I have need of their service, I telephone a number and go through a very long winded recorded message system.
I have to identify myself and what species of animal is to be collected ,I also have to say how many, what sex, what country of origin and most importantly, the individual ear tag number of each animal.

Only when all this info is confirmed will they come for the carcass. I don't pay the driver anything, I have to pay an annual fee to the chamber of ag based on the number of animals declared for the primes etc.

kind regards cbp


03 Dec 2010, 12:16
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If you want to, you can take the carcass direct to them, and there is no charge. You obviously have to have a cheptel number and ear tags. The carcass is weighed along with your car/vehicle, then the veh is weighed without it, to show the carcass final weight. Takes 10 mins and is free...


03 Dec 2010, 13:29
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mrshifter wrote:
If you want to, you can take the carcass direct to them, and there is no charge. You obviously have to have a cheptel number and ear tags. The carcass is weighed along with your car/vehicle, then the veh is weighed without it, to show the carcass final weight. Takes 10 mins and is free...



Hi, I think somewhere in the mountain of rules and regs, you will find that it is illegal to transport dead animals.
The lorries that do, have to be licensed and are made especially for the job, i.e. sealed unit to prevent spillage.
You might "get away" with doing it once but, I wouldn't like to make a habit of transporting fallen stock. Besides which, I couldn't fit a dead cow into the back of my car :)

kind regards cbp


03 Dec 2010, 14:13
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