Livestock deaths from lightning eligible for payment

Friday, July 16, 2010

Several area producers have reported cattle deaths due to lightning during recent thunderstorms. The Carroll County Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds producers that livestock losses in excess of normal mortality from lightning strikes are eligible for payment under the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP).

The program provides assistance to producers for livestock deaths that result from weather related disasters, which includes lightning. In order to be eligible for a LIP payment, producers must file a notice of loss within 30 days after the death and provide FSA with verifiable or reliable proof of the losses and livestock inventories. Carroll County FSA Executive Director Scott Fancher encourages producers that don't have veterinary records or disposal invoices to take digital photographs to verify their losses. Many kinds of livestock are eligible for LIP, including: beef and dairy cattle, buffalos, goats, llamas, sheep, swine and contract poultry.

Fancher encourages producers to report losses even if they are unsure whether their loss exceeds normal mortality rates. "Mostly, we want producers to be aware that they must document their livestock losses and report them to us within 30 days of occurrence in order to be eligible for payment."

Carroll County producers should contact their local FSA County Office at (870) 423-2767 for details and information about the LIP program.

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