Farmer admits livestock offences

A Northumberland farmer who admitted 13 offences relating to cattle must pay almost £2,000.

Northumberland County Council’s Public Protection Service prosecuted the farmer who pleaded guilty to offences under the Cattle Identification Regulations 2007,  when he appeared before South East Northumberland Magistrates Court.

The farmer was taken to court after an investigation by Animal Health inspectors identified he had failed to make records of cattle movements and failed to record the movement or death of the cattle, meaning that the whereabouts of these animals could not be traced.  

The British Cattle Movement Service had refused to issue passports to five of the animals.  Under livestock movement regulations these animals are not allowed to move alive off the farm and are not allowed to enter the food chain.

Councillor John Riddle, Cabinet member with responsibility for Public Protection, said: “It is imperative that farmers keep full and accurate livestock records to ensure the safety and integrity of the food chain.

“Farming is a crucial industry in Northumberland and it’s vital every single farmer complies with regulations. As a county council we will do all we can to support our farmers but we will also take enforcement action where necessary.”

David Sayer, Business Compliance and Public Safety Manager for Northumberland County Council, added: “In this case, cattle that had been refused passports were not on the farm when the Inspector checked, and no record of their whereabouts could be found.  

“This was a clear breach of the Cattle Regulations and we will always seek to prosecute such matters.”

Magistrates imposed fines and costs totaling £1,830 on the farmer.
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