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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Farmer convicted of failure to dispose of livestock carcasses

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A Co. Down farmer was this week convicted of a host of animal welfare charges following inspections of his farm by authorities.

Derek James Trimble (50), Spelga Park, Hilltown, pleaded guilty to the charges and was fined £1,400 plus £15 offender levy.

Trimble was convicted of two charges, of failure to comply with an animal by-product requirement in that he failed to hold bodies or body parts of farmed animals that had not been slaughtered for human consumption, pending consignment or disposal in such a manner as to ensure that any animal or bird would not have access to them.

It would be regarded as good practice to remove without delay an animal carcase from a farm to prevent spread of disease and protect public health and avoid detrimental effects to the environment.

He was also convicted of two charges, of failure to take such steps as were reasonable to ensure the needs of animals, namely sheep, for which he was responsible, were met to the extent required by good practice.

Trimble was convicted of one charge, of by reason or an act or failure to act by him, caused unnecessary suffering to a ram.

Trimble was also convicted of two charges, of failure to record details concerning the purchase or acquisition and administration of veterinary medicinal products.

Everyone is aware of the risks to human health from the improper use of medicines in animals, the Department of Agriculture in Northern Ireland said.

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It said this is of particular relevance when it comes to observing withdrawal times of medicines administered to animals which are subsequently slaughtered for human consumption. The main areas for concern are:

i) the slaughter for human consumption of an animal before the recommended withdrawal period has been observed for drugs which may themselves have direct side effects in humans.

ii) the slaughter of animals entering the food chain containing a drug to which human pathogens are capable of developing a resistance to. This reduces the effectiveness with which human diseases can be controlled by a drug.

Authorities said if proper medicine records are not kept there is a risk of animals which have been treated, but whose withdrawal periods have not been observed being slaughtered for human consumption, or sold on to another herd from which they will be slaughtered for human consumption without withdrawal times being observed.

This case arose from a number of welfare inspections carried out on Mr Trimble’s farm during March 2016.


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