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Farmer fears high costs after ban
Cow and calf in a field
Mr Glover fears he could lose money if any of his livestock dies
A livestock farmer from Kent fears his business could suffer because of the recent ban on hunting with dogs.

Roy Glover, 63, from Hartley, near Longfield, pays his local hunt a fee to dispose of any animals which die on his farm, which are then fed to the hounds.

However, he said if the hunt is forced to disband because of the ban, he will be faced with a much higher charge from the government's Fallen Stock Scheme.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs declined to comment.

Mr Glover said under the Defra scheme it could cost anything from 10 to 100 per carcass, depending on the animal.

He said it could also take up to 14 days for officials to collect the dead animals, while the hunt disposed of them within 24 hours.

"It will be quite a bit more money to pay if the hunt does close... this is something that is being imposed on us."

Mr Glover said his farm often had a lot of carcasses to be disposed of in the springtime because of the lambing season.

The Fallen Stock Scheme came into operation last November - livestock farmers have to pay an annual subscription fee of 28 plus a rate per carcass.

On-farm burial and burning of animal carcasses was banned in May 2003.

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