Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

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Farmer sentenced at Enniskillen Court

Stormont Executive press release - Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

Mr Michael Boyle, Lisolvan Park, Brookeborough, Lismalore, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, was sentenced at Enniskillen Magistrates’ Court on 16 September 2013 in respect of two charges under the Cattle Identification (Enforcement) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1998.

Mr Boyle was given two months imprisonment suspended for three years plus £25 costs. Mr Boyle had previously pleaded guilty to these charges.
This case arose from a number of discrepancies found at a Cattle Identification Inspection.

Notes to editors:

1. Mr Boyle was convicted of one charge of contravening Article 7.4 of Council Regulation EC/820/973 in that he failed to present a herd register when required to do so, contrary to Regulation 3(f) of the cattle Identification (Enforcement) Regulations (NI) 1998.

2. Mr Boyle was convicted of one charge of without reasonable cause of failing to give an officer of the Department acting in the execution of the Cattle Identification (Enforcement) Regulations (NI) 1998 any assistance which the officer reasonably required from him in that he failed to inform the officer of all the locations where his cattle were kept when requested to do so, contrary to Regulation 6(10) (B) of the said Regulations.

3. Breaches of the Cattle Identification Regulations weaken and undermine the cattle traceability system in Northern Ireland, including the integrity of the Department's Animal and Public Health Information System (APHIS).

4. Properly maintained herd registers form an integral part of the animal’s traceability, supporting the accuracy and integrity of the Department’s Animal and Public Health Information System (APHIS). Accurately maintained herd records corroborate and complement the APHIS details and help maintain public confidence in beef traceability and assists in animal disease control.