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Farmer fined over livestock breach
10:19am Tuesday 29th October 2013 in News
A FARMER and a farming company near Easingwold have each pleaded guilty to four offences for breaches of animal health legislation.
Officers from trading standards visited Seaves Farm, Brandsby, earlier this year and discovered an open bonfire with the remnants of cattle carcasses on the pyre.
The open burning of livestock carcasses on farms is prohibited. Further inquiries showed the necessary records and registrations were not in place in relation to the keeping of pigs at the farm.
The registration and recording of livestock movements is a critical part of the disease control measures designed to ensure rapid traceability of animals in the event of a disease outbreak, North Yorkshire County Council said.
Following a successful investigation by North Yorkshire County Council’s trading standards service Andrew Kitson and Seaves Farming Company Ltd were sentenced at York Magistrates’ Court last week.
Mr Kitson and the company were fined £500 and £1,500 respectively for failing to dispose of cattle carcasses by an approved method and also in relation to three offences of failing to register as a pig keeper and the failure to record details of pig movements on to the premises.
“We will continue to take action against those individuals who flout animal health rules,” said coun Chris Metcalfe, executive member for Trading Standards & Planning Services said.