Farmer told he's 'in serious trouble' and will probably be jailed over breaches of farming regulations
A Kerry farmer is facing jail over numerous breaches of farming regulations
A 57-year-old farmer has appeared before Killarney District Court where he pleaded guilty to 14 “sample counts” mainly in relation to bovine tagging and identification, and animal movement, and also animal health and welfare.
Rarely had Department of Agriculture Inspectors come across breaches on such a scale, the court heard and Judge James O’Connor said the farmer “in serious trouble” and would probably be jailed.
John C Casey, otherwise known as Christy Casey of Crosstown, Killarney Co Kerry, pleaded guilty to the charges mainly at Ryefield, Whitechurch, Co. Cork and within the State.
His suckler herd was registered in Co Cork and he also had leased land, the court was told.
Louis Reardon, veterinary inspector with the Department of Agriculture, said the Department would regularly come across incidents relating to small numbers of breaches of regulations animal movement and registration- but “not on the scale of Mr Casey” .
Fifty summonses had been issued by the prosecutor the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine and 14 sample counts pleaded to, prosecuting counsel outlined.
The breaches were of European Communities bovine regulations, 2009, on animal passports, notification of birth of a calf birth within seven days of being tagged, information on sale or disposal of bovines, failing to provide an animal passport in relation to movement of an animal.