Farmer convicted of failing to tag cattle
A Fermanagh farmer was today convicted of one charge of failure to attach ear tags to bovine animals, one charge of failure to notify movements on, or the births of animals, one charge of failure to comply with a notice and one charge of failure to present a herd register.
Dermot Carroll, Rosnarick Close, Derrygonnelly, Enniskillen pleaded guilty at Enniskillen Magistrates’ Court and was fined £800 plus £15 offender levy.
This case arose from discrepancies found during a Cattle Identification Inspection carried out by Officers from Veterinary Service Enforcement Branch in Northern Ireland.
Carroll was convicted of one charge, of being the keeper of bovine animals born after the coming into operation of the Cattle Identification (No.2) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1998, failed to attach approved ear tags to bovine animals, in contravention of Regulation 3(3)(b) of the said Regulations, contrary to Regulation 3(5) of the Cattle Identification (No.2) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1998.
Cattle movements, notified to the Department, are recorded on to the APHIS database, while properly maintained herd registers form an integral part of the animal’s traceability, supporting the accuracy and integrity of the Department’s Animal and Public Health Information System (APHIS).
Accurately maintained herd records corroborate and complement the APHIS details and help maintain public confidence in beef traceability and assists in animal disease control