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A young lad is forced to slaughter his pet cow because of the current bovine TB policy.  read more...read more...
A 33 year old farmer and father of two in Shrophsire was killed by a bull as he tested cattle for bTB. He was conducting routine bTB testing on cows at Ashwood Farm in Whitchurch on 3 December 2013 when he was fatally injured by a bull  read more...read more...
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Dairy farm worker, Steve Jones, is not happy about the future of the dairy industry, or the current policy to cull badgers. The industry has many problems. Bovine tuberculosis is just one.'The cattle industry is long overdue for reform', he says. Here he sets out his comments.  read more...read more...
Farmers break law in bovine TB hot spot area. Mother and daughter Kathleen Wallis, 61, and Sarah Wallis, 23, of Appleton Farm, at Wick St Lawrence, near Weston-super-Mare, admitted 18 counts of providing false information as to the location of a number of their cattle when they appeared before Bristol Crown Court. The farmers admitted to failing to adhere to cattle disease control laws and were branded "ignorant, rotten and cruel" by a judge.  read more...read more...
A Tewkesbury farmer has been fined after selling milk from cattle with bTB. The cattle which had tested positive for TB but the farmer, Timothy Juckes, refused to believe the cows had the disease. He sent four cows without the disease to the slaughterhouse instead of the infected animals, Gloucester Crown Court heard on 28th June 2013. He then took compensation from Defra for the livestock, which should have been destroyed.  read more...read more...

Cattle Movement Offences – cattle dealer from Neath, Port Talbot as well as land in Monmouthshire

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At Newport magistrates court a cattle dealer who operates from Neath, Port Talbot as well as land in Monmouthshire pleaded guilty to 22 offences under the Cattle Identification (Wales) Regulations 2007 with the court being informed that there were approximately 2500 offences altogether and that the ones before them were specimens.

Offences related to moves on and off holdings under the dealers control in Neath Port Talbot and Monmouthshire and included cattle that had moved through the local livestock markets as well as various other premises across South Wales. Under the cattle identification regulations it is a requirement that all moves on and off livestock premises are notified to the British Cattle Movement Service (BCMS) within 3 days of any movement taking place.

It was shown that over the past four years the defendant had repeatedly failed to comply with this requirement with moves being anything up to 6 months late and in some instances not reported at all. In some instances livestock had subsequently moved off premises before the movement on had been reported. Had there been a disease outbreak this could have severely impacted on the speed that tracings could have been made leading to unnecessary delays and potentially further spread of disease. Magistrates fined the defendant a total of £7,370 and ordered him to pay £4,800 costs.

Speaking on behalf of Monmouthshire, County Councillor Phil Murphy said that such ignorance of disease control requirements was unacceptable in the County. "This should be a reminder to the farming community of the need to ensure compliance with disease control legislation, it highlight’s the importance of traceability of livestock and that the devastating effect that Foot and Mouth disease had on the country should not be forgotten", he said.

David Williams, chairman of the Badger Trust, said: ”Bovine tuberculosis is easily spread by crimes like this because cattle had been moved in and out of an area affected by the disease. Too many in the livestock industry are either involved or turn a blind eye, yet unreasonably blame only the badger while the livestock industry continues to clamour for Ministers to enforce culling. Until the livestock industry stops dealers and farmers breaking the law and puts its house in order it will never get clear of disease”.

Speaking on behalf of Monmouthshire, County Councillor Phil Murphy said that such ignorance of disease control requirements was unacceptable. "This should be a reminder to the farming community of the need to ensure compliance with disease control legislation. It highlights the importance of traceability with livestock", he said.

Under the cattle identification regulations it is a requirement that all moves on and off livestock premises are notified to the British Cattle Movement Service (BCMS) within three days of any movement taking place. The court heard that the defendant had failed repeatedly to comply with this requirement with moves being reported up to six months late and sometimes not at all. Magistrates fined the defendant a total of £7,370 and ordered him to pay £4,800 costs.

21st Oct 2011

Information from www.tradingstandardswales.org.uk/prosecutions/Monsaninalhealth.cfm

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