Farmer convicted after failure to notify Department of the deaths of nine cattle
A Fermanagh farmer was convicted at Enniskillen Magistrates’ Court of two charges of failure to present all animals for tuberculosis testing and one charge of failure to notify the deaths of nine cattle.
Robert Stewart Armstrong, Gorteen, Tempo, Enniskillen pleaded guilty and was fined €1,698 (£1,500) plus €17 (£15) offender levy.
This case arose from Robert Armstrong’s failure to carry out a tuberculosis test on two occasions and offences discovered during a cattle identification inspection carried out by inspectors from Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) Veterinary Service Welfare and Enforcement Branch.
DAERA said the control of Bovine Tuberculosis (TB) is dependent on identifying reactor animals at tests conducted by the Department.
“Failure to present animals for tests undermines efforts by both farmers and the Department to reduce the incidence of disease.
“The majority of herd keepers fully comply with the requirements of the TB eradication scheme. Current disease levels have risen to levels not seen for several years and therefore especially at this time it is vital all stakeholders work together to reduce the prevalence,” it said.
DAERA also said that breaches of the Cattle Identification Regulations weaken and undermine the cattle traceability system in Northern Ireland, including the integrity of the Department’s Animal and Public Health Information System (APHIS).
“The current interest in food safety by both Government and consumer groups means it is essential that the Department is clearly seen to be implementing all legislation pertaining to the traceability of livestock,” it said.