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Fines dealt out for failing to dispose of sheep carcasses

Guilty pleas were entered at Holyhead Magistrates Court on the 26th July 2013 by three farmers in relation to offences of failing to dispose of sheep carcasses without delay.
 
Father and son Huw and Gareth Williams, of Penyrorsedd, Cemlyn, Anglesey, pleaded guilty to specimen offences and were fined £1340 and
£1820 respectively with costs of £365 awarded against each. 
 
Gareth Parry of Ty Eiddew, Dublin Street, Tremadog, Gwynedd, pleaded guilty to a specimen offence and was fined £3180 with costs of £360 awarded.
 
On the 29th January 2013, acting on information received a Trading Standards Animal Health Officer and an AHVLA Vet visited Llanol, land farmed by Mr Gareth Williams. There they identified 27 sheep carcasses, some of which, in the Vets opinion, had been present for at least one month. On the 21st February 2013, acting on information received a Trading Standards Animal Health Officer and a AHVLA Vet visited Ty Newydd, Mynydd Mechell, land farmed by Mr Gareth Williams. There they identified 14 sheep carcasses, some of which, in the Vets opinion, had been present for at least one month.
 
On the 21st February 2013, acting on information received a Trading Standards Animal Health Officer and a AHVLA Vet visited Ucheldre Goed, Llanddeusant, land farmed by Mr Huw Williams. There they identified 17 sheep carcasses, some of which, in the Vets opinion, had been present for at least one month. 
 
On the 20th February 2013, acting on information received from the RSPCA Trading Standards Animal Health Officer and a AHVLA Vet visited Llawr Tyddyn Bodedern, land farmed by Mr Gareth Parry. There they identified 109 sheep carcasses, some of which, in the Vets opinion, had been present for at least one month.
 
An Isle of Anglesey County Council spokesperson explained, “The Animal by-products regulations are in place to safeguard animal health and the environment. These cases show that the Courts will impose substantial penalties on those who do not comply with the regulations.

Significant stock losses can be an indicator of underlying animal health or welfare issues.”
 
“Anyone experiencing such losses should seek Veterinary advice, before matters escalate.”
 
The Isle of Anglesey County Council Trading Standards can provide advice on how to comply with animal health and welfare law. Please contact them on 01248 752840.
 
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For further information: Gethin Jones, Press Office (01248) 752130
 
DATE: 02 August 2013