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Farmer fined for failing to dispose of sheep carcasses

A Powys 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.

Jeffery Winston Rogers, of Blaencurdy Farm, Newchurch, Kington pleaded guilty after being charged with six offences under the Animal By-Products (Wales) (Enforcement) (No.2) Regulations 2011, with a further 70 other offences being taken into consideration.

He was sentenced by Brecon Magistrates Court on Thursday 6 March where he received a £500 fine for each of the six offences, ordered to pay £2,000 costs and a £120 victim surcharge, bring the total to £5,120.

Mr Rogers owns a farm known as Bleancurdy Farm, Newchurch and in March 2013, officers from Powys County Council’s Trading Standards Service visited the farm in relation to another matter and discovered a large number of sheep carcasses on the farm.

Inspections took place at the farm and its associated parcels of land between 13 March and 12 April 2013 where 76 sheep carcasses were found at various locations within the farm area.

Cllr John Powell, Cabinet Member responsible for Trading Standards, said: “The correct storage, transportation and disposal of this material is important in preventing the spread of disease.

“This case sends out a strong message to the farming community 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.”

ENDS 

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Lee Evans, 

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Media and Communications Officer 

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DATE: 11 March 2014