remains of fallen stock which had not been disposed of correctly

Failure to dispose of dead stock lands farmer in court



A farmer who failed to dispose of dead cattle and sheep and correctly complete required documentation has appeared before Berwick Magistrates Court.

Anthony Richard Hume, of Newburn Farm, Berwick Upon Tweed was fined £3600 and ordered to pay £2288.48 costs and a £120 victim surcharge.  The total of fines and cost being £6008.48, which was agreed to be paid within 28 days.

Mr Hume pleaded guilty to four offences of failing to dispose of dead stock correctly and one offence of allowing animals and birds access to the dead stock, contrary to the Animal By-Products (Enforcement) (England) Regulations 2013 . 

He also pleaded guilty to one offence of providing false dates of death of 10 bovine animals to the British Cattle Movement Service, contrary to the Cattle Identification Regulations 2007. 

The prosecution was brought by Northumberland County Council Housing and Public Protection Service, following a visit to the farm in May 2017 to carry out a routine inspection to look at animal welfare and the records required to be kept by the farmer.

During the inspection Animal Health Inspectors found the carcasses, partial carcasses, hides, skins, bones and skeletal remains of a number of cattle and sheep in different locations in the fields and farmsteading.  The investigation also showed Mr Hume had not correctly disposed of a number of cattle that had previously died on the farm.

Northumberland County Council’s Head of Housing & Public Protection, Philip Soderquest said:

“Farming is a crucial industry in Northumberland and it is vital every single farmer complies with regulations. Mr Hume’s failure to store and dispose of these carcasses,  presented a potential disease risk to livestock grazing among them and to wildlife which had been scavenging off the uncollected carcasses.”

“Fallen stock should be safely and suitably handled, with measures taken, without undue delay, to stop other animals and wild birds having access to it.

“Uncontrolled animal by-products can present a risk to both human and animal health and the legislation is there to safeguard the food chain and to prevent the spread of animal diseases, protecting both human health and the rural economy of Northumberland.”

As a county council we will do all we can to support our farmers but we will also take enforcement action where necessary.” 

Northumberland County Council Animal Health Team can advise on disposal methods and record keeping and any livestock owner can contact them on 01670 623869 to discuss any concerns they may have.

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