Fallen Stock Charges and BSE Testing

From 1st April 2019, farmers will have to pay £6.25+VAT for BSE testing of fallen stock more than 48 months old as the government passes the cost of the surveillance programme onto the industry.  This comes at a time when collection charges are rising as a result of the poor market for hides, with falling demand for leather, a lack of demand from China and cheap competition from Europe.