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Farmer convicted at Ballymena Court

Stormont Executive press release - Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

Christopher Boyd, Tully Road, Slievenagh, Portglenone, was convicted at Ballymena Magistrates’ Court on 1 August 2013 of three charges under the Cattle Identification (Notification of Births, Deaths and Movements) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999, and one charge under the Tuberculosis Control Order (NI) 1999.

Mr Boyd pleaded guilty and was fined £950 plus £40 costs.

The Breaches of the Regulations were discovered at a Cattle Identification Inspection carried out by DARD Inspectors.

Notes to editors:

1. Mr Boyd was convicted of one charge, of being the keeper of bovine animals, in contravention of Article 7.1 of Council Regulation (EC) No 1760/2000 and Article 6.3 of the Commission Regulation (EC) No 2629/97, in that he failed to notify the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of the movement of 10 bovine animals onto his holding in accordance with the provisions of Regulation 7 of the Cattle Identification (Notifications of Births, Deaths and Movements) Regulations (NI) 1999, contrary to Regulation 5(1) of the said regulations.

2. Mr Boyd was convicted of one charge, of being the keeper of bovine animals, in contravention of Article 7.1 of Council Regulation (EC) No 1760/2000, in that he failed to notify the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of the death of 12 bovine animals, in accordance with the provisions of Regulation 8 of the Cattle Identification (Notification of Births, Deaths & Movements) Regulations (NI) 1999, contrary to Regulation 5(1) of the said Regulations.

3. Mr Boyd was convicted of one charge, of contravening Article 7.1 of Council Regulation (EC) No 1760/2000 and Article 6.3 of the Commission Regulation (EC) No 2629/97, of failing to notify the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of the deaths or the movements off his holding of 18 bovine animals in accordance with the provisions of Regulation 7 of the Cattle Identification (Notification) of Births, Deaths & Movements Regulations (NI) 1999, contrary to Regulation 5(1) of the said Regulations.

4. Mr Boyd was convicted of one charge of being the keeper of an affected animal or herd, without the authority of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of moving 18 animals into his herd in contravention of a notice served upon him under article 6(2) of the Tuberculosis Control Order (NI) 1999, contrary to Article 52(1)(a) of the Diseases of Animals (NI) order 1981.

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

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