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Thursday, 17 April 2014

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Cumbria sheep dealer fined for failure to record animal movements

A SHEEP dealer from Cumbria has been fined by magistrates after he failed to report sheep movements.

Cumbria County Council’s Trading Standards took action after Danny Waring, of Haithwaite Farm, Penton, repeatedly failed to report sheep movements as required despite receiving advice on a number of occasions.

He eventually delivered more than 300 documents to its Carlisle office in May 2013 - covering a 14 month period.

Mr Waring, who was fined £3,010, pleaded guilty to 43 offences under the Animal Health Act 1981.

He was fined £70 for each offence, giving a total fine of £3,010. Costs of £3,000 were awarded and victim surcharge of £15 imposed – totalling £6,025 to be paid at £500 a month.

The charges were that on various days between February 2012 and May 2013, Mr Waring breached the six day animal movement standstill on 19 occasions, failed to record movements in a register on 12 occasions, and failed to report movements to Cumbria Trading Standards on 12 occasions.

For the same period, Defra’s national animal movement database, which trading standards use to record reported sheep movements, showed 880 sheep moving onto Waring’s holding, yet 36,163 sheep moving off, illustrating the scale of non-compliance and the number of sheep involved.

Angela Jones, Cumbria Trading Standards manager, said: “Failing to report and record animal movements in a timely manner seriously compromises disease control and traceability.

“It is extremely disappointing that in this case our advice was ignored, posing a potential disease risk to the whole industry on an unprecedented scale. The vast majority of livestock keepers operate within the rules and are happy to act on the support we provide to help them to comply.”

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