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The Department offers several services to the farming community:

Silage sampling - One sample at one location at one time £28.60 + Vat, each additional sample at same time at same location £17.59 + Vat. A DIY sample costs £17.95 + Vat. Silage, hay and ruminant feed sampling analysis can be arranged, please telephone: +44 1624 685844

Artificial Insemination

Wool Intake

Liquid Nitrogen - DEFA produces liquid nitrogen for sale to competent operators in the agricultural, medical and industrial fields. Licences to import bovine semen must be obtained from the Department.

Fallen Stock – The Department of Infrastructure’s Animal Waste Section can collect fallen stock within 24 hours of notifying DEFA. To notify DEFA of Fallen Stock, please telephone +44 1624 687595.

Trailers - DEFA has three people-carrying trailers which seat up to 20 people on each trailer and are available for hire. These trailers cannot be used on public roads whilst carrying passengers but can be used on private land provided all the correct documentation is in place. For more information please contact +44 1624 685844 or email

Soil Sampling – augers are available to borrow.

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