Casualty livestock that are sick or injured must be promptly treated by a vet or humanely slaughtered/killed by a trained, competent person. Any delay could cause serious and unnecessary suffering.
Can I bury a livestock carcase?
A livestock carcase should not be buried. We recommend that you contact the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and ask for information on the National Fallen Stock Scheme. The Defra helpline is 08459 33 55 77 and e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The National Fallen Stock Company can be contacted on 08450 54 88 88.
Alternatively, you could contact a person approved to dispose of carcases, such as a knacker man (a person who specialises in disposing of dead animals) or an abattoir if they offer a casual collection service. Knacker men or abattoirs can be located by looking in your local yellow pages.
Caution:- Handling of any animal either domestic, wild, dead or alive may be potentially hazardous. Obvious dangers include bites, scratches and general hygiene issues. Common sense should be applied in all instances and, if unsure, seek additional advice or assistance. Personal hygiene should be taken into consideration after handling any animal, whether it’s domestic, wild, dead or alive.