Mr Alan McReynolds, Tamlaghtmore Road, Stewartstown, Dungannon, Co Tyrone, was convicted at Dungannon Magistrates' Court on 14 October 2013 of one charge under the Tuberculosis (Examination and Testing) Scheme Order (Northern Ireland) 1999, one charge under the Cattle Identification (Enforcement) Regulations (NI) 1998 and one charge under the Cattle Identification (Notification of Births, Deaths and Movements) Regulations (NI) 1999.
Mr McReynolds was convicted in his absence and fined £800 plus £34 costs and £15 offenders Levy.
This case concerned the failure by Mr. McReynolds to present cattle in his herd for a Tuberculosis (TB) test as well as failing to present his cattle herd register and failing to notify the movement of cattle onto his holding.
Notes to editors:
1. Mr McReynolds was convicted of one charge, of being the keeper of bovine animals, namely cattle in his herd, without lawful excuse, failed upon request by an authorised officer of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to present all such animals or carcases in his charge for a tuberculin test on the said herd, in contravention of Article 3(2)(b) if the Tuberculosis (Examination for Testing) Scheme Order (NI) 1999 contrary to Article 52(1) of the Diseases of Animals (NI) Order 1981.
2. Mr McReynolds 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 for inspection when requested to do so, contrary to Regulation 3(1)(f) of the Cattle Identification (Enforcement) Regulations (NI) 1998.
3. Mr McReynolds 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, of failing to notify the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of the movement of 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.
4. Breaches of the Cattle Identification Regulations weaken and undermine the cattle traceability system in Northern Ireland, including the integrity of the Departments Animal and Public Health Information System (APHIS).
5. The control of Bovine Tuberculosis (TB) is dependent on identifying reactor animals at tests conducted by the Department. Failure to present animals for tests seriously undermines efforts by both farmers and the Department to reduce the incidence of disease.