County Londonderry farmer fined £750 for breaches of movement notifications

Date published: 18 November 2020

County Londonderry farmer Mr Edward Devlin (62), of Rannyglas Road, Dungiven, was convicted at Ballymena Magistrates’ Court today of three charges of failure to notify the movement of cattle onto his holding and two charges of failure to notify the movement of cattle onto or off his holding.

Mr Devlin pleaded guilty and was fined £750 plus £15 offender levy.

The case arose, from a number of discrepancies found during a cattle identification inspection carried out by DAERA’s Welfare and Enforcement Branch.

Notes to editors: 

  1. Mr Devlin was convicted of three charges of, in contravention of Article 7.1 of Council Regulation (EC) No 1760/2000 and Article 6.3 of the Commission Regulation (EC) No 2629/97, failed to notify the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs of the movement of bovine animals onto his holding in accordance with the provisions of Regulation 7 of the Cattle Identification (Notification of Births, Deaths and Movements) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999, contrary to Regulation 5(1) of the Cattle Identification (Notification of Births, Deaths and Movements) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999.
  2. Mr Devlin was convicted of two charges of, in contravention of Article 7.1 of Council Regulation (EC) No 1760/2000 and Article 6.3 of the Commission Regulation (EC) No 2629/97, failed to notify the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs of the movement of bovine animals onto or off his holding in accordance with the provisions of Regulation 7 of the Cattle Identification (Notification of Births, Deaths and Movements) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999, contrary to Regulation 5(1) of the Cattle Identification (Notification of Births, Deaths and Movements) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999.
  3. 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).
  4. 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.
  5. Cattle movements, notified to the Department, are recorded on to the APHIS database. The provision, within statutory limits or upon request, of complete and timely information concerning cattle in the herd, to the Department, is fundamental to the credibility and integrity of the Department’s Animal and Public Health Information System (APHIS).
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