Information about the Disposal of Carcasses & Private Slaughtering

Disposal of Carcasses

The European Communities Act 1972

The Animal By-Products (Enforcement) (Wales) Regulations 2014

The above legislation requires a carcass to be disposed of by one of the following methods:

  • Incineration
  • Rendering followed by incineration
  • Rendering to the pressure cooking standard followed by disposal to landfill

Or you may arrange for a knackers yard or hunt kennel to dispose of a carcass for you.

Fallen stock can no longer be buried or burnt in the open because of the risk of disease spread through groundwater or air pollution. Instead, animals must be taken to/ collected by an approved knacker, hunt kennel, incinerator or renderer, either by private arrangement, or under the National Fallen Stock Scheme.

Private Slaughter of Livestock

The private slaughter of livestock is the killing of an animal for the personal consumption of the owner. The Food Standards Agency have provided guidance on this matter and is available on request.

In summary the private slaughter of bovine, ovine and caprine species is permitable in the following circumstances:

  • Any bovine animal must be identified and have a valid passport
  • The animal must be killed humanely in accordance with the Welfare of Animals (Slaughter or Killing) Regulations 1995
  • Slaughter of the animal must be conducted by the farmer
  • The slaughter of the animal must take place on the premises of the farmer
  • The carcass must be butchered by the farmer
  • Consumption may only be by the farmer

The product must not be offered for sale or given to a third party. This includes immediate family.

In certain circumstances where it can be demonstrated that the TSE controls have been applied the product may be supplied to immediate family in a household but it still cannot be exposed for sale or given to any other third party.

The TSE controls refer to the removal and disposal of SRM Material

  1. SRM Material should be removed as soon as reasonably practical after the death of the animal and it must be stained BLUE immediately
  2. Once removed SRM material must placed in a suitable container clearly labelled and sent directly for disposal at one of the following:
    • Incineration at an approved incinerator
    • Rendering followed by incineration at an approved incinerator
    • Rendering to the pressure cooking standard followed by disposal to a licensed landfill site

Disposal of Animal By-Product must be in accordance with The Animal By-Products (Enforcement) (Wales) Regulations 2014.

Relevant Legislation

The Welfare of Animals (Slaughter or Killing) Regulations 1995.

The TSE (Wales) Regulations 2006.

The Animal By-Products (Enforcement) (Wales) Regulations 2014.