Diseased cattle compensation rates announced for October

Compensation rates for cattle infected with Bovine TB, BSE, Brucellosis and Enzootic Bovine Leukosis have been announced for the month of October by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

In its most recent update, the department gave a breakdown of compensation rates for both non-pedigree and pedigree dairy and beef animals.

Non-pedigree

Farmers of male beef animals compulsorily slaughtered in England will be due compensation from £214/head for calves up to three months, to £1,085 for breeding bulls aged 20 months and over.

Beef females up to three months are deemed to be worth £159 in compensation, which rises up to £951 for heifers aged 20 months and over. This drops to £822 for cows 20 months and over which have calved.

Dairy male calves aged up to three months will require owners to be paid £50/head, which rises up to £726/head for animals aged 20 months and over.

Dairy female calves are deemed to be worth £83/head up to three months, rising to £1,196 for calved cows aged between 20 and 84 months. Cows aged over 84 months will require £818 in compensation, while animals aged over 20 months which haven’t calved are worth £745.

Pedigree animals

Pedigree beef male cattle aged between 12 and 24 months will require £3,810 to be paid in compensation, while bulls aged over this are worth £2,406. Calves up to 12 months will be determined using individual evaluation for both male and female beef animals.

Pedigree beef females aged between 12 and 24 months are valued at £1,495; those over 24 months which haven’t calved are worth £1,486.

Calved females between 24 and 36 months are worth £873, while those aged over this are worth £1,178 if calved.

Pedigree dairy male animals aged between 12 and 24 months are deemed to be worth £2,512/head, with those aged both over and under this to be determined using individual valuation for infected animals.

Pedigree dairy females are valued at £376/head for calves up to two months, rising to £1,555/head for calved cows aged between 18 and 36 months.

Calved cows aged between 36 and 84 months are deemed to be worth £1,328/head in compensation, while owners of calved animals aged over 84 months will receive £920/head for slaughtered cattle.