I got a call from a farmer who was in the unfortunate position of having to make a call to his local fallen animal collection service.

He had lost a ewe and needed the knackery to remove the dead animal. The farmer himself nearly died when he was presented with the bill – €100 to remove a single dead ewe. I know rendering prices haven’t fallen and there are restrictions on where knackeries can bring dead animals, but €100 for a single ewe is certainly extreme.