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Blaenau Gwent farmer prosecuted

A Blaenau Gwent farmer has been convicted and fined for his failure to collect and securely store his fallen livestock pending their final disposal to an approved fallen stock collector. 
 
Terrance John Tapscott, of Lower Farm, Tredegar, appeared in Newport Magistrates court on November 8, 2013.
 
Mr Tapscott owns a farm known as Lower Farm, Tredegar and in April 2013, officers of Powys County Council (who carry out our animal welfare work under a joint working initiative with Blaenau Gwent Council) were alerted by a complainant to a number of sheep carcases that had been discovered at the farm.
 
An inspection took place at the farm on the 4th April 2013 where 48 sheep carcases were found at various locations within the farm area. 
 
Mr Tapscott was charged with 6 offences under the Animal By-Products (Wales) (Enforcement) (No.2) Regulations 2011. 
 
The correct storage, transportation and disposal of this material is important in preventing the spread of disease.

Mr Tapscott pleaded guilty at court and received a £600 fine for the 6 offences.  In addition, the Authority was awarded £1,570 costs and Mr Tapscott had to pay a £20 victim surcharge, bringing a total of £2,190.
 
Cllr Barry Thomas, Powys County Council's Cabinet Member responsible for Trading Standards, said: "Given the size and rural nature of Powys and the volume of work we currently undertake, we have developed one of the leading animal health and welfare services in Wales and are well positioned to carry out this important function on behalf of Blaenau Gwent.
 
"This case sends out a strong message, not only to the farming community in Blaenau Gwent but also in Powys, that we will take appropriate action if we find any breaches. The level of fines imposed by the court clearly demonstrates the seriousness of the case."
 
Cllr Keith Hayden, Blaenau Gwent Council's Executive Member for Waste Management and Environment, said: "We are pleased to be working in conjunction with Powys County Council to bring about court cases such as these.
 
"I hope that this sends out a strong message to farmers and livestock owners that we must have robust systems with animals by-products. We will not hesitate to work with organisations such Powys County Council to bring about court proceedings and secure a conviction.
"The majority of the Farming Community in Blaenau Gwent are very responsibly and make animal welfare a top priority and work closely in conjunction with Blaenau Gwent Council."

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Lee Evans,
Swyddog Cyfathrebu a'r Cyfryngau
Media and Communications Officer
Ffôn/Tel: 01597 826023
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Ebost/Email: lee.evans@powys.gov.uk
DATE: 29 November 2013