Farmer fined after admitting cattle identification charges


A Portadown farmer has been fined after pleading guilty to cattle identification charges.

David White, Ballygargan Road, was convicted at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday and fined £1,000 plus £34 costs and a £15 offender’s levy.

The case arose from a number of discrepancies found at a cattle identification inspection carried out by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) veterinary service enforcement branch.

Mr White was convicted of failing to attach approved ear tags to seven cows, failing to notify DARD of the births of seven animals, failing to keep a herd register and failing to notify DARD of the deaths of two animals.

He also failed to hold a carcass or part of a carcass of any farmed animal that had not been slaughtered for human consumption, pending consignment or disposal, to ensure that animals or birds would not have access to it. A statement from DARD said breaches of the cattle identification regulations weaken and undermine the cattle and food animal traceability system in NI.