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Friday 28 April 2017

Farmer hit with €30k Single Farm Payment fine for not culling TB reactor

According to the Department of Agriculture, the breaches identified related to reactor animals not being removed from the holding and consequential testing being out of date.
According to the Department of Agriculture, the breaches identified related to reactor animals not being removed from the holding and consequential testing being out of date.
Ciaran Moran

Ciaran Moran

A payment of €30,000 was withheld from a farmer’s Single Farm Payment for 2014 due to non-compliances with mandatory TB regulations.

The fine came following an inspection carried out by the Department of Agriculture in 2012 and was referred to the Cross Compliance Unit for attention.

According to the Department of Agriculture, the breaches identified related to reactor animals not being removed from the holding and consequential testing being out of date.

While the Department did not reveal the identity of the farmer, it said the breaches were deemed to be 'intentional' and resulted in an overall penalty of 60% being applied against the farmer's 2012 Direct Schemes payments.

The farmer in question availed of both the internal Department review and appeal to the Agriculture Appeals Office process, which resulted in the Department's findings being upheld.

The Department said as payments due under the 2012 Direct Payments schemes had issued prior to finalisation of the penalties, the monies totalling €28,894.61, were subsequently recovered from payments due to the person named in 2013, as required under the governing EU regulations.

'Severe poaching of land'

The farmer was subsequently selected for an Ovine Identification and Registration inspection in 2014.

While this aspect of the inspection was clear, the Inspecting Officers identified breaches in respect of Good Agricultural and Environmental Condition (GAEC), namely the severe poaching of land in a parcel being used to feed cattle.

This resulted in a 5% penalty being applied to the 2014 Direct Payments schemes. The Department said the person named was notified of this decision on 13 June 2014 and of their right to seek a review of the decision.

To date no such request has been received, it said.

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